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The Ship of Industrial Civilization: Its 6,000 Year Old Voyage and Imminent Demise

The Ship of Industrial Civilization: Its 6,000 Year Old Voyage and Imminent Demise

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“People don’t seem to realize it that it is not like we’re on the Titanic and we have to avoid the iceberg. We’ve already hit the iceberg. The water is rushing in down below. But some people just don’t want to leave the dance floor; others don’t want to give up on the buffet. But if we don’t make the hard choices, nature will make them for us.”

Rob Watson, CEO and Chief Scientist of The EcoTech International Group, who Pulitizer-Prize winning author Tom Friedman calls one of the best environmental minds in America.

There is hope, and in fact a better future, if we have the courage to get off the sinking ship.
“People don’t seem to realize it that it is not like we’re on the Titanic and we have to avoid the iceberg. We’ve already hit the iceberg. The water is rushing in down below. But some people just don’t want to leave the dance floor; others don’t want to give up on the buffet. But if we don’t make the hard choices, nature will make them for us.”

Rob Watson, CEO and Chief Scientist of The EcoTech International Group, who Pulitizer-Prize winning author Tom Friedman calls one of the best environmental minds in America.

There is hope, and in fact a better future, if we have the courage to get off the sinking ship.

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Jed Diamond, Ph.D. has been a health-care professional for more than 40 years. He is the author of 10 books, including
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“People don‟t seem to realize it that it is not like we‟re on the
Titanic
and we have toavoid the iceberg.
We‟ve
already hit the iceberg 
. The water is rushing in down below.
But some people just don‟t want to leave the dance floor; others don‟t want to give up onthe buffet. But if we don‟t make the hard choices, nature will make them for us.”
Rob Watson, CEO and Chief Scientist of The EcoTech International Group, whoPulitizer-Prize winning author Tom Friedman calls one of the best environmental mindsin America.The Vision of the Sinking Ship
I touched my lips to the Earth and made a prayer for “all my relations” as I crawled
into the dark embrace of the sweat lodge. It was the summer of 1995 and I was attending
a men‟s conference outside of Indianapolis, Indiana.
I was with a hundred or more menmeeting over a long weekend. As part of the experience we were invited to be part of traditional Native American Sweat Lodge ceremony. I was a bit reluctant to enter since
I‟ve had asthma most of my life and at times have difficulty breathing.
Nevertheless, I joined with 12 other guys inside the improvised enclosure.We were told by the elder leading the experience that the Sweat Lodge was an ancientceremony central to most Native American cultures and spiritual life and is an adaptationof the sweat bath common to many ethnic cultures found in North and South America,Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, and Africa. The Sweat Lodge is a place of spiritual
 
refuge and mental and physical healing, a place to get answers and guidance by askingspiritual entities, totem helpers, the Creator and Mother Earth for the needed wisdom and power.A traditional Sweat Lodge is a wickiup made up of slender witches of aspen, willow,or other supple saplings, lashed together with raw hide, grass, or root cordage, althoughin some areas the lodge was constructed of whatever materials were at hand, from a mudroofed pit house to a cedar bark and plank lodge. Our lodge was a dome shaped structuremade of a skeleton of fastened branches covered by thick tarps. It measured 4 feet inheight and 8 feet in diameter, large enough to accommodate 12 people. The entrancefaced east, the direction of the rising sun.As we prepared to enter the lodge the leader smudged us with the smoke of burningsage wafting the smoke over us with an eagle feather. We then crawled into the lodge in asun-wise (clockwise) direction, bowing in humility to Great Spirit and in close contactwith Earth Mother, and took our place in the circle, sitting cross-legged upright againstthe wall of the lodge.When all were inside the sweat leader called upon the doorkeeper to drop the flapcovering the lodge opening. The lodge became dark, I felt my heart pounding, and amomentary feeling of panic overcame me. I felt relieved when the lodge leader announced that all were free to leave the lodge at any time if they could not endure theheat. We were given instructions about how to get out in an expeditious, but respectfulway.I hoped I could make it through the 4 rounds that that the leader said was thetradition, one for each of the directions. He then asked for a short, contemplative

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