Sunday, October 18, 2009

"I want my country back" an Expression of Despair in this Period of Great Transition (McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan talked about the effects of change brought about be media. For example in The Medium is the Massage, McLuhan quotes Alfred North Whitehead
The major advances in civilization are processes that all but wreck the societies in which they occur.
McLuhan states
Innumerable confusions and a profound feeling of despair invariable emerge in periods of great technological and cultural transitions.
In the health care forums held by congresspeople earlier this fall, we heard the cry
I want my country back!
This was that profound feeling of despair McLuhan mentioned.

Friday, October 09, 2009

I am a Joyist

I was zoning out in the kitchen this morning, feeding the cats and thinking about the Ecology of Joy. I was thinking about the three parts of Ecojoy, and specifically about what motivates people. Fear is effective, but joy is much more powerful.

How do we get the message of Ecojoy out? There is so much fear, violence and hate in the world. So what is the trump card of dominator thinkers? Terrorism. We need to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to stop terrorism. So the word to describe the use of terror as a weapon is terrorism, and the person who does that is a terrorist.

So I deem that education about joy being a more powerful motivation than fear is joyism [need to add that to our dictionary], and a person who does such education is a joyist.

[So funny...I added joyism to my dictionary, then typed joyist. I got the little red underline indicating a misspelled word. One of the suggested correct spellings? Joyism!]

I know that joyist isn't a very good sounding word, and it might make people think about terrorism, but that is just perfect, because it communicates so much in a single word. Terrorism is one of the big reasons we need Ecojoy.