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Anthropologist, ecologist, and storyteller, with interests in sustainability and food systems. Author of “Finding Our Niche: Toward a Restorative Human Ecology”
The Fall of Man by Michaelangelo

Maybe I’m foolish
Maybe I’m blind
Thinking I can see through this
And see what’s behind
Got no way to prove it
So maybe I’m blind
But I’m only human after all
I’m only human after all
Don’t put your blame on me
Don’t put your blame on me

— “Human” by Rory Charles Graham and Jamie Hartman

The first, and perhaps most important thing we need to address, if we really want to change the world for the better, is our understanding of a single phrase: “we’re only human.”

A great many of us on this planet share a…

Author’s Note: I wrote this short story as a submission to a collection of short stories called “Stories for Sendai,” a charity fundraising effort supporting those affected by the Fukushima disaster. When I wrote it, my sense was that the world had already tired of stories that focused on apocalypse and collapse, and I instead wanted to write something about the door opening to whatever comes next. That’s the thing— we love to talk about collapse, the Maya, Easter Island, etc. — but I believe the most interesting stories are those that come after. Those that unfold as people rethink…

People value the environments within which they live and work in a plurality of ways. For some, relationships with fish or forests or pigs and farmlands are primarily instrumental—related to how people meet their needs — yet, for most, values about the environment are far more complex. …

Philip A. Loring

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