KMO speaks with Kelly Coyne and Erik Knuteson, the authors of The Urban Homestead and Making It. Kelly and Erik attended the 2013 Age of Limits conference and have each recently published their recollections and responses to that experience on their blog, Root Simple. They are both glad that they attended the event, but they thought the egregore, the group mind that took shape at the event, was needlessly dark. Kelly thought that the overly specific predictions of near term human extinction from climate change she encountered at the conference said more about psyche of the presenter than about the state of the climate. Erik wasn’t thrilled with what he called “Kumbaya moments” which came in the form of fabricated grief rituals. Later, John Michael Greer talks about ways to use ritual to good effect in coming to terms with the long decent of industrial civilization.
Music by The Story is Everything.