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Two Forces on Collision Course Plus A Modicum of Hope


Fortunately the world does not proceed in binaries but threes

The first force is the force of oil and cars and sprawl
It is the course that makes the Kochs wealthy beyond measure
It believes our present way of life is sustainable

The second force is caused by awareness that the way above 
is not sustainable desirable rewarding or possible
It is the force of alternative energy
New planning initiatives
Massive reform
It believes the wind is at its back

Blunt Truth

The first force so overpowers the second force
that it is almost laughable
The Kochs laugh
The Scalias laugh
The Thomases laugh


The third of this triad is hypothesis experiment proving out
of ways beyond the double bind
Objective: allow the first to topple of its own internal 
contradictions
Help it with words and actions

Become a laboratory
for the creation 
or workable models to
achieve
alternatives
realizing that this is a century-long
event 

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The remarkable video at the link above is of a performance of "Sto perigiali" Mario Frangoulis and Mikis Theodorakis in 2001.

Frangoulis and Theodorakis are joined by musicians, including two bouzouki players, and a very large audience that is completely familiar with the words. The audience joins in at Frangoulis' prompt.

This is my very favorite Theodorakis melody. Those who know Theodorakis only for his "Zorba" music are in for a treat. When I was in Athens in 1966, for a short period of study with Constantinos Doxiadis, I knew nothing of Theodorakis. But about five years later, my friend Irene Vassos sang "Sto perigiali" to us. I have never gotten the tune out of my mind.

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Stephen C. Rose Bio

Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…