To me, ‘resilience’ in the face of climate chaos involves more than a garden, neighbours, and stories of guiltlessness. That means…
I’m not going to be joyful about collapse.
I’m not going to prioritise my survival.
I’m not going to give up on challenging abuses of power that harm people and nature.
I’m not going to give up on serious efforts to protect more of nature and give young people more chance of an OK life, which requires me being actively political.
I’m not going to give up on the goal of more justice and healing during the descent of consumer societies.
I’m not going to stand by as elites and their officers screw up more of the world as they anxiously exert their power and worldview.
I’m not going to avoid disagreement with people just because they also anticipate or accept collapse.
I’m not going to prioritise my serenity, but also not going to ignore helping my own equanimity, health and joy. Just as love, courage, inquiry, beauty, creativity and humour have always been glorious aspects of being alive, so they will remain.
I’m not going to be joyful about collapse, but not unjoyful during the time I have left, or unjoyful about being alive at this time.
Once you accept the predicament, what are you going to do and what are you not going to do?
Here are some further reflections on some limiting ways of acting from an anticipation or acceptance of societal collapse. Meanwhile, there are so many ways to be pro-social and self-caring, so I don’t need to ‘prescribe’ some. Rather, for any of us, it all begins with open-minded and open-hearted dialogue with fellow seekers. It is why the Deep Adaptation Forum plays a small but crucial role.