Facing Our Darkness
January 26, 2016 Kosmos Community News


Political Responsibility in the Nuclear Age | an Open Letter to the American People

by Richard Falk, David Krieger and Robert Laney, via Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

“We in the United States are in the midst of hotly contested campaigns to determine the candidates of both major political parties in the 2016 presidential faceoff, and yet none of the frontrunners for the nominations have even voiced concern about the nuclear war dangers we face. This is an appalling oversight. It reflects the underlying situation of denial and complacency that disconnects the American people as a whole from the risks of use of nuclear weapons in the years ahead.”


They Sang with a Thousand Tongues: The Poetry of Diversity

Image | Obatala Santeria, Wendell Wiggins

In the current edition of Kosmos Journal
By Bayo Akomolafe

Let me tell you a story about how the world began. I promise you the story is not completely untrue.

Yoruba elders say that when the world began, there was only sky and water. The Supreme Being, Olórun, ruled the firmaments, while the Divine Feminine, Olokun, was master of the raging seas. One day, Obatala, a son of Olórun, grew restless and sought to create a world between primal sea and silent sky…


Desecration Phrasebook: a litany for the Anthropocene

By Robert Macfarlane, via The Age of Transition blog
(Images: David Hannah/Getty; Marnie Burkhart/plainpicture)

For good or ill, we are remaking Earth. What new words, both light and dark, will be needed to describe the planet in the the age of humans?


Absurd Heroism

By Margaret Wheatley, via Awakin.org

“I hear so many people who want to take at least partial responsibility for this mess. Somewhat piously, as if summoning us to accountability, they say, “We need to accept responsibility that we created this” or “We created it, so we can change it.” No we didn’t. And no we can’t. We participated with innumerable other players and causes and this is what emerged. We can’t take credit for it, we can’t blame ourselves and we can’t put the burden of change on us. We’re not Sisyphus, condemned to a fate of absurd heroism.”


‘Leli’ | a Poem, accompanied by an Essay

Megan Hollingsworth premieres her poem, Leli, in Kosmos Online.

Megan shares that, convolvulus arvensis or field bindweed is called leli in Punjabi. “Each seed, like each soul, has its own intuition and learns itself, as if waking, in the dark where roots persist effortlessly. So too, the binding vine in ‘Leli’ is only this binding that the seed may fulfill a devotion to light’s flowering.”

She has paired her poem with an essay, ‘Clinging to Certainties, Belonging to Joy
re: Near Term Human Extinction’.


From Darkness Into Light | Winter Festival Notes from a Carpathian Village

By Peter Straton Bejger, for Kosmos Online

“…before the gathered family and guests can begin the meal the household animals must be fed first. Legend holds that they can speak at midnight and complain to the Almighty if they are ignored. The head of the household must appease as well other forces and attempt to diminish rural terrors. Sorcerers, thunder, lightning, and hail in addition to wolves, bears, and foxes are invited to the meal. They are called down three times and if they decline to appear, they are banished for the year. “