My introduction to this phrase began today when I came across another blog.
It was coined by Joanna Macy, Buddhist scholar, systems theorist, author, and eco-activist, as she imagined, “future generations, if there is a livable world for them, will look back at the epochal transition we are making to a life-sustaining society. And they may well call this the time of the Great Turning.” (from thegreatturningfilm.org)
I've got to tell ya, I am hooked by creating a life-sustaining society -- more so I'm hooked by creating a life-sustaining individual. There's no mincing of words when I say I'd like me to be a life-sustaining individual. That is something I connect with in all ages of my life. I feel a spark with the term eco-philosopher.
I rally to Joanna's comments on her website "Joanna on Uncertainty at Bioneers Conference". Choose to listen to it, choose to recognize anything you might or might not resonate with.
In fact here is the talk:
Joanna Macy at Bioneers 2009 from Defend theCommons on Vimeo.
It's something I'm going to explore. At this moment in time I think it's something worth looking at and being aware of.
Have the courage to feel.
Give a damn.