Articles about Big Ideas
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Carl Gustav Jung - the Three Births of the Human Spirit
C. G. Jung believes that we need to go through three births in our lifetime. The first is our physical birth, then the birth of our Ego, and spiritual birth of Consciousness...
The Ego - the Biggest Obstacle to Enlightenment
In your present, individual state of consciousness we identify with the thoughts and emotions that appear in our mind, so we believe that we are a separate, illusionary person...
The Secret of the Inner Voice
”Tell me, what you think about me, what is your opinion about me?” we have asked other people this question a number of times. We were, however, not interested in the opinion...
How to Heal Your Emotional and Psychological Traumas in 5 Steps
In the course of our life, we have collected a number of emotional and psychological trauma in conflicts with other people. These emotional and psychological traumas are parts...
The Power of the Conditioned Mind
The society and culture in which you have grown up programmed those fixed patterns of the mind into you, and your identity who you are and what your job is in this world, is...
The Tricks of the Spiritual Ego
The question could emerge in many of us, whether the spiritual Ego is a supporter or an obstructor of the spiritual development. Can it meddle in the process of spiritual...
Is the Ego the World's Biggest Illusion?
We live here on Earth, together with billions of fellow human beings. That we live is an irrefutable empirical fact. Similarly, the fact that other people live on Earth, too...
The Lover of the Silence
The world around us is too noisy, we are constantly surrounded by the murmur of the civilized world. We have almost completely forgotten today, how living a silent life in this...
The Evolution Process of Consciousness
There are three transformational processes within the evolution of the Consciousness. These are, in fact, three levels of development. At these different levels of development...
Nigerians Are Building Fireproof, Bulletproof, and Eco-Friendly Homes With Plastic Bottles and Mud
These colorful homes are bulletproof, fireproof, and can withstand earthquakes. They also maintain a comfortable temperature, produce zero carbon emissions, and are powered by...
The Law of Attraction Vs. the Law of Oneness
Is there an universal law, the Law of Attraction, which says that everybody has the ability to attract things with his thoughts and intentions. According to this, if our...
Why We Should Be Optimistic About the Future
Positive thinking isn’t naive, it’s the best way to get things done
Do You Have Time to Love?
The greatest gift you can offer loved ones is your true presence.
6 Big European Cities With Plans to Go Car-Free
Oslo is the latest major metro to put pedestrians first in some central districts.
10 Provocative Quotes from Ivan Illich's "Deschooling Society"
Ivan Illich’s groundbreaking book Deschooling Society (1971) offers a radical critique of the institutionalization of education within modern societies. Illich believed that we...
The 30 Second Habit with a Lifelong Impact
There are no quick fixes. I know this as a social science junkie, who’s read endless books and blogs on the subject, and tried out much of the advice — mostly to no avail. So I...
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor ... the Europeans Embracing Migrants
Away from the xenophobic hysteria aimed at desperate immigrants are people taking steps to help newcomers and promote the good things they bring
This Economic Collapse Is a 'Crisis of Bigness'
Leopold Kohr warned 50 years ago that the gigantist global system would grow until it imploded. We should have listened
The Case for a "Jazz Revolution" Against Corporate Capitalism
Bottom up? Top down? Improvisation is the key to a middle way.
5 Guiding Principles for Social Justice
From the 23rd to the 26th of February of 1998, grassroots movements of all continents met in Geneva to launch a worldwide coordination network of resistance to the global...
If Everyone Lived in an 'Ecovillage', the Earth Would Still Be in Trouble
We are used to hearing that if everyone lived in the same way as North Americans or Australians, we would need four or five planet Earths to sustain us. This sort of analysis...
UK's First 'Share Shop' Opens for business
A new kind of shop is aiming to transform the future of retail by lending rather than selling items and fostering more meaningful connections with the things we use
Hacking Planned Obsolescence Through the Art of Repairing Not Replacing
At the Repair and Service Center in Vienna, the long-term unemployed retrain to be "mechatronic engineers" and repair electronic devices. Founder Sepp Eisenriegler tirelessly...
A Charter for Democracy
Whatever happened to the 15-M Movement? Where did Occupy go? Three years after the groundbreaking revolutionary ruptures of 2011, violent repression and media invisibility have...
Basic Income: The World's Simplest Plan to End Poverty, Explained
Happy Basic Income Day? May 1st may be better known as International Workers' Day, but some activists are trying to rebrand it. "Labor Day should not be about demanding ‘more...
The Top 100 Documentaries We Can Use to Change the World
A more beautiful, just and sustainable world is possible. Take this library and use it to inspire global change!
Dynasty
I was born in 1980. I’ve lived my entire life under the Bush-Clinton dynasties. From 1981 to 2013, a total of thirty-two uninterrupted years, the Bush-Clinton families either...
The Little Engine That Couldn't: How We're Preparing Ourselves and Our Children for Extinction
In a recent semi-documentary film called Garbage, a toxic waste disposal engineer was asked how we can stop engulfing the world in our poisons. His answer was, "We'd have to...
Our Religions: Are they the Religions of Humanity Itself?
Contrary to popular opinion, Charles Darwin did not originate the idea of evolution. By the middle of the 19th century, the mere fact of evolution had been around for a long...
Freed speech - A left libertarian contribution
Freed speech   The subject of free speech has been violently raised.   The narrative we have heard says that it is under attack. First it was the politically correct left...
FairCoop: Virus of Cooperation Infects a New economy
The ‘Robin Hood of the Banks’ strikes again. This time the aim is to create a worldwide cooperative to develop and expand a new economy of the commons. Some revolutionary...
"Forgiveness Is Liberating": Desmond Tutu On Healing A Nation's Racist Past
Editors Note: Last week, YES! magazine published an article by Fania Davis, director of a restorative justice center and sister of civil rights activist Angela Davis, called...
Everything Is Connected
The interactions between wildlife and the physical planet are more complex and fascinating than we could ever have imagined. I can hear you muttering already: he’s completely...
Whatever is Privilege?
Whatever is Privilege? - Why the caption on the picture is bollocks, from someone who is a white male who once said those words. Working out what is wrong in the world I grew...
The Oldest Living Things in the World: A Decade-Long Photographic Masterpiece at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Philosophy
What a 13,000-year-old eucalyptus tree reveals about the meaning of human life.
They Sang with a Thousand Tongues: The Poetry of Diversity
Let me tell you a story about how the world began. I promise you the story is not completely false.
Who Owns the Benefit? The Free Market as Full Communism
There’s a wonderful phrase for how capitalism works in the real world (I’m not sure who first came up with it, but I associate it with Noam Chomsky): “The socialization of risk...
Happidrome: The Kurdish Fight For Anarchy
In the battle for Kobane on the Syrian border everyone talks about the enemy - IS - and the frightening ideas that drive them. No-one talks about the Kurdish defenders and...
Basic Income FAQ
What's basic income? "A basic income is an income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement" (Basic Income Earth Network...
Common Mythconceptions: World's Most Contagious Falsehoods
A fun infographic on common myths and misconceptions from the book Knowledge is Beautiful. Click the infographic for a scalable full-size image.
Life in a 'Degrowth' Economy, and Why You Might Actually Enjoy it
What does genuine economic progress look like? The orthodox answer is that a bigger economy is always better, but this idea is increasingly strained by the knowledge that, on a...
There’s Power in How We Think about Things
When you walk or drive down a city street, what you are seeing all around you are manifestations of thoughts. Every building began as an idea in somebody’s mind. Somebody...
No Masters: Hierarchy and Anarchy
This is an extract from CrimethInc's seminal book Days of War, Nights of Love.  If you liked school, you'll love work. The cruel, absurd abuses of power, the self-satisfied...
Intersectionality: What It Is and Why It's Important
Wikipedia describes intersectionality as "the study of intersections between forms or systems of oppression, domination or discrimination". We prefer this explanation from the...
Commercialisation: The Antithesis of Sharing
The danger is not commercialisation per se but our constant identification with its inner and outer manifestation, in which humanity’s intelligence is led in the opposite...
Uniting the People of the world
The time has come when we must demonstrate in our millions not against this or that, but rather for who we are * * * At this time of economic turmoil it can be difficult to...
The People Who Wouldn't Mind If the Pacific Northwest Were Its Own Country
The first thing we heard when we pulled into the Finney Farm was the clattering of drums, followed by a high-pitched howling noise. Suddenly a wild pack of young girls came...
How Unarmed Peace Efforts Can Save Lives and Diffuse Conflict Even in War Zones
"I think if we had a gun we would have been shot immediately.” This is as good a place to start as any, at the logical limits of violent self-defense. The speaker is Andres...
Against Conspiracy Theories - Why Our Activism Must Be Based in Reality
A talk given at Occupy Wellington, New Zealand, to counter the prevalence of conspiracy theories amongst the local wing of the Occupy movement. Kia ora kotou, thanks everyone...
A German Guy Wants to Give You a Bunch of Money for Nothing
What would happen if we didn't have to worry about making a living anymore? Would people just sit on their asses all day or actually do something meaningful with their lives?...