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The Privilege of Being Alive - Public Talk with Mac Macartney Fri 19 Jan

  • Sustainability

We have arrived on this Earth at a time of great change. Fortune is smiling on us, even while are witnessing massive disruption in climate, biodiversity and society.

A few hundred, some would say thousand, years ago, we began heading down a path that has been precisely charted by countless myths. We became seduced by our formidable capabilities and succumbed to hubris. Our capacity for cognitive reasoning and dubious doctrines that have justified questionable actions which has brought us to the cliff edge.  Even with the void clearly visible below, we remain intent on pursuing our doctrinal intention, voluntarily sky diving towards disaster.

We humans are part of a larger family, the family of life on Earth. That family is calling to us, sending their voices from the depths of the oceans, from the heights of the mesosphere, from the four great directions, billions of voices chorusing an entreaty.

‘Come home, humans, come home again. You are part of this great circle and we are broken without you. Come home, and take your place in the scheme of things once more.’

This is where you come in. I do so hope you do.

I will shout with joy when I see your great strength align with the gathering tribe of diverse peoples claiming the right to replant this garden planet with beauty, with courage, and with love. Each of us has been given some time within which to deploy our gifts towards a purpose we consider to be worthy. Your gifts are manifold and sufficient to the task and time, but they must be deployed, swiftly, powerfully, imaginatively, joyfully, and peacefully. Now.

Mac Macartney, international speaker, writer and change-maker. Mentored by indigenous people over many years, he has acquired profound and original insights into questions preoccupying many contemporary leaders. Mac seeks to inspire the emergence of the leader in each of us, the leader who will take courageous action for a better world. Championing A New Story of Sustainability lies at the heart of this.

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