Paul Hawken’s commencement speech
There is invisible writing on the back of the diploma you will receive, and in case you didn’t bring lemon juice to decode it, I can tell you what it says: YOU ARE BRILLIANT, AND THE EARTH IS HIRING. The earth couldn’t afford to send any recruiters or limos to your school. It sent you rain, sunsets, ripe cherries, night blooming jasmine, and that unbelievably cute person you are dating. Take the hint. And here’s the deal: Forget that this task of planet-saving is not possible in the time required. Don’t be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done.
Check out Paul Hawken’s book, too: Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming
Hawken believes that we are in the midst of a world-changing rise of activist groups, all working toward ecological sustainability and social justice.
A Gathering of the Tribe
“I know what to do, and I trust myself to do it.”
The opposite of entropy is extropy.
Seeking more intelligence, wisdom, and effectiveness, an indefinite lifespan, and the removal of political, cultural, biological, and psychological limits to self-actualization and self-realization. Perpetually overcoming constraints on our progress and possibilities. Expanding into the universe and advancing without end.
Beyond the humanists are the transhumanists.
Humanity will be radically changed by technology in the future. We foresee the feasibility of redesigning the human condition, including such parameters as the inevitability of aging, limitations on human and artificial intellects, unchosen psychology, suffering, and our confinement to the planet earth.
Within a few generations, lifelong bliss that exceeds any fantasized Christian afterlife can become the genetically-coded basis of our existence…Post-Darwinian superminds will go on to rewrite the vertebrate genome, redesign our whole global ecosystem, and abolish suffering and cruelty throughout the living world.