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DailyGoodDonella Meadows: Dancing with Systems"We can never fully understand our world, not in the way our reductionistic science has led us to expect. Our science itself, from quantum theory to the mathematics of chaos, leads us into irreducible uncertainty. For any objective other than the most trivial, we can't optimize; we do'nt even know what to optimize. We cant keep track of everything. We can't find a proper, sustainable relationship to nature, each other, or the institutions we create, if we try to do it from the role of omniscient conqueror. For those who stake their identity on the role of omniscient conqueror, the uncertainty exposed by systems thinking is hard to take. If you can't understand, predict, and control, what is there to do?" Influential environmentalist, farmer and writer Donella Meadows explores this question in one of her many, thought-provoking pieces here. [Full Story on]  

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Stories of Kindness (Jun 20, 2021)

Kindness Ninjas In Action, kaya63
Happy weekend, RAOKtivists! It's Kindness Ninja Saturday!! My sweet class of 23 second graders absolutely love ... Full Story

We Appreciate Teachers, lewski711
For Teacher Appreciation Week, a student drew a picture for me. A church fed the teachers fajitas, chips, ... Full Story

The Young Woman in a Hospital Gown, evonnelandwehr
Hurrying home between appointments at work, I was shocked to see a young woman wearing only a hospital gown ... Full Story

Small Acts

"Bee Happy 🐝 Donated and hung a new decorative flag at the hospital’s healing garden 🪴. " mindyjourney, Jun 19

"Today, I've been working on my values as part of a goal setting session - it was interesting to look at them. I may share what I've discovered later!" Helenconnell2, Jun 17

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Jun 14, 2021 -- We have all lost someone we love and wondered how our lives could go on without them--without their touch, their encouragement and their wisdom. In this song, composer Ysaye Barnwell gives voice to our deepest longings to remember our departed loved ones and to find the strength to carry their deepest lessons into our lives now. "Songs have intention in themselves but when we sing together, we define who we are," says Ysaye Barnwell, who is also a professor, an activist and a 30 year member of Sweet Honey in the Rock vocal ensemble. Her love of music has brought a diversity of people together to sing with the voice of community and helped them find the power to work for healing and social change in the world. [Source: KarmaTube]

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Jun 21, 2021 -- When we practice [meditation] our mind always follows our breathing. When we inhale, the air comes into our inner world. When we exhale, the air goes out to the outer world. The inner world is limitless, and the outer world is also limitless. We say "inner world" or "outer... Read more on

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We can't control systems or figure them out. But we can dance with them! Donella Meadows

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