Eco-Warrior Challenge No. 3: Day 6

Today’s inspiration is free withing.  What’s that you ask?  It means being with someone you might not even know to inspires them to believe that they matter.  The person who I first heard coin the term is Benjamin Mathes, founder of Urban Confessional.

Urban Confessional was started in LA by a community of people, who go out and simply offer their ear to others who need to talk.  Born of a broken relationship, the aim is to begin the healing process that others need.   Here he tells his own story:



6 thoughts on “Eco-Warrior Challenge No. 3: Day 6

  1. I am totally on board with this. I’ve been in love with the idea behind Story Corps for years. ( They put booths up in several major cities where people could go in, sit down, and tell their story on film. I found it fascinating. For a long time I’ve thought about what you could do with that with folks in rest/nursing homes… Personally I think listening to someone tell their story is the most important thing you can give anyone. Great video, Safar!

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      1. Sorry – this is going to be very long!!

        A couple of things running around in my mind are to do with cultural forgetting. Daniel Quinn coined the term “The Great Forgetting” (probably in Ishmael) – in his words – “With every audience and every individual, I have to begin by making them see that the cultural self-awareness we inherit from our parents and pass on to our children is squarely and solidly built on a Great Forgetting that occurred in our culture worldwide during the formative millennia of our civilization. What happened during those formative millennia of our civilization? What happened was that Neolithic farming communes turned into villages, villages turned into towns, and towns were gathered into kingdoms. Concomitant with these events were the development of division of labor along craft lines, the establishment of regional and interregional trade systems, and the emergence of commerce as a separate profession. What was being forgotten while all this was going on was the fact that there had been a time when none of it was going on – a time when human life was sustained by hunting and gathering rather than by animal husbandry and agriculture, a time when villages, towns, and kingdoms were undreamed of, a time when no one made a living as a potter or a basket maker or a metalworker, a time when trade was an informal and occasional thing, a time when commerce was unimaginable as a means of livelihood.”
        Shifting Baseline Syndrome (a term coined by a fisheries scientist, Daniel Pauly) refers to another kind of cultural forgetting. George Monbiot in his book Feral uses it to describe how we come to see certain landscapes as ‘natural’, e.g. the heather-covered slopes of our Yorkshire moorlands, and as if they had always been that way, whereas, they are in fact barren deserts devoid of what used to be.
        I visited Orkney a couple of years ago and joined a storytelling evening. The woman who told the stories is undertaking a project where she is recording old Orkney stories from older people so that they are not lost. She is also capturing the way they are spoken and told in order to preserve the dying tradition and dialect.
        I think I’ve spoken a couple of times about the gardener who comes to visit who tells me about how the neighbourhood used to be and sometimes I think we should capture those stories before it’s too late and we’ve forgotten.
        Anyways – I like your links and additions to the discussion – it’s good to see how different ideas resonate.

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