Welcome to issue 100.
This weekend whilst frolicking out of town to embrace the sand and sea on the southern edge of Victoria.
I was contemplating the role of shadows in our days. As a shadow is something that we cannot escape.
Particularly, those shadows from our collective actions or inactions (dependent on your perspective) towards curbing the effects of our human behaviour on this planet.
In Australia, we truly do have a long shadow to cast in this regard given our political wrangling with the Kyoto Protocol - Article 3.7 which has come to be known as the Australia Clause and more recently with the release of the aptly titled ‘Australian Way’ Net-Zero 2050 Plan.
Yet, as an Australian citizen the task in living with these shadows is to understand how each of them inhabit a frontier between light and dark that poses the central drama of our days: that there is not a true possibility of a fully lighted or lightened experience.
Any attempts in this vein keep us from taking responsibility, to remain unaccountable, to be the exception to the rule, thus protecting from being hurt or causing hurt of quite literally being touched or touching the world.
Even the most beneficial of physical and metaphorical presence will cast a shadow.
To be without one is metaphorically speaking to be from another world, to not fully be human. Since, any real physical body will cast a shadow.
This is not to say that shadows are good or bad as expanded in Carl Jung’s archetypal work, it is instead to say that they are with us always.
Yet, It is to say that each shadow is a clue to the character of we embody in this world.
I hope looking at these clues will offer us a collective awareness of where to go from here.
What sort of hotel is this?
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Explore The Curiosity
Beau Miles | Youtube | 20th June 2021
Backyard-Adventurer Beau Miles has been focused recently on exploring near where he lives rather than in far-flung locales. He’s walked 90kms to work a couple of times, adventuring and foraging along the way and recently posted a video as part of his 'Commute' series about kayaking to work.
It took him four days. Miles explains:
I can get to work via the very water that falls on my roof. In doing so, I’m reinventing my idea of adventure. I no longer feel the need to go and paddle great distances down a continent shore, or go to the highest peaks. Your carbon footprint goes through the roof, just so you can go and find yourself, somewhere else. And so I really want to do these things in my backyard now, and why not my boyhood river that I want to reinvent with some adult ideas?
Grace Ebert | Colossal | 9th Nov 2021
I love this: the local recycling center in the town of Kamikatsu, Japan is itself made of recycled and upcycled materials. Most prominent of those materials are the hundreds of mismatched windows that form the building’s facade (Read).
Great Art Explained | Youtube | 5th Nov 2021
In the most recent episode of the excellent YouTube series Great Art Explained, James Payne expands on an earlier, shorter video on the Mona Lisa with this double-length extended cut. This was fascinating, not a wasted moment in the whole thing.
The Contemplation Station
You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean.
– Alan Watts
Thanks for your time, energy and presence in making it all the way to the bottom.
Spelling mistakes, glaring omissions, furious rants or grudging tips of the hat, I welcome it all.
Till next time,
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