Coronavirus Pandemic as Oppportunity in the Midst of Suffering

This article offers reflections on the predicament we as humankind face, as well as offering a way forward, a way that transforms debilitating humiliation into life-giving dignity. As the heart- breaking coronavirus pandemic unfolds, the hope is that it works as a wake-up call for us to answer the following question together: How must we, humankind, arrange our affairs on this planet so that dignified life will be possible in the long term?

Carta da Escola Irma Theodora (English version)

Hello! Is everything ok?
We are students of school Sister Irmã Theodora in the municipality of Marabá, located in the northern region of Brazil:
WE ARE AMAZONIANS!
Our lands are always warm, but we are literally on fire and it is not even the time of the St. John’s feast (in June, when everyone gathers around a fire).
Our forest burns in flames, our animals are dying, losing their habitats and their lives. and all because of ‘progress’. We cannot understand what kind of progress this is and whom it serves. Our greatest wealth, which is biodiversity, is in mourning. Mother nature cries.

Carta da Escola Irma Theodora (Portuguese version)

Oi! Tudo bem?
Somos alunos da escola Irmã Theodora, do município de Marabá,
localizado na região norte do território brasileiro, SOMOS
AMAZÔNICOS!
Nossas terras são sempre quentes, porém, estamos literalmente pegando fogo e nem é época de são João.
Nossa floresta arde em chamas, nossos animais estão morrendo, perdendo seus lares, sua vida e tudo isso por causa do “progresso”. Não conseguimos compreender que progresso é esse e para quem serve. Nossa maior riqueza, que é a biodiversidade, vive dias de luto. A mãe natureza chora.

From Humiliation to Dignity Summary 2020

Where do we stand, as humankind? The author of this book offers this analysis: We have dug ourselves into a multitude of perilous crises, both despite and because of what we call progress. We engage in systemic humiliation – sociocide and ecocide – or the shredding of the social fabric and plundering of the planet. At the same time, there are also immense windows of opportunity waiting to be used. Unfortunately, so far, instead of recognising the depth of the crises at hand and grasping the historic opportunities to exit, it seems that most of us choose to stay myopic. Therefore, this book focusses on all of human history – on big history – because only a wide view makes the primary problems visible that spawn secondary, tertiary, and quaternary ones.

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