The full PDF of Autumn Leaves. An Autumn Chronicle (Issue II) can be accessed here.
We have been here long enough now to know that civilisations rise and civilisations fall. Yet it would seem that we have failed to understand the past sufficiently if our perceptions of the present are any indication. We were not here to experience the massive volcanic eruptions that caused the Permian mass extinction event on the earth some 250 million years ago, or the meteoric impact 65 million years ago that brought about a further mass extinction. But poised as we are on the edge of yet another massive extinction of species - this time humanly-caused - we would do well to recover the insights of every developed culture in recorded history regarding the nature of cyclical time, of flux and flow, of waxing and waning, of birthing and burying.
The convulsions that have wounded and displaced so many in so many ways in recent memory are both qualitatively and quantitatively different to the periodic upheavals that have historically been our human lot. Our expectations regarding future steadiness and the predictability of seasonal cycles are now challenged by the changes brought about by technological-industrial civilisation. We can no longer look to our children's future with the certainty that our parents looked to our own.
Fallen Leaves. An Autumn Chronicle serves to provide considered and reflective commentary on both the practical and the philosophical dimensions of our present circumstances. These explorations may help to clarify the nature of the inner attributes and the outer forces that shape our experiences during this time of growing troubles.
This second edition of Fallen Leaves includes a substantive critical review of Operation Cast Lead, the three-week long assault on the inhabitants of Gaza by the Israeli military during December 2008/January 2009, a review of the work of Leopold Kohr whose ideas were to have a strong influence on E.F. Schumacher, some reflections on the crooked corporate dealings associated with 2008 global financial crisis, and musings on a number of other issues.
Below is a listing of the contents of Fallen Leaves II:
1. Must We Do This Every Time?
2. Slouching Towards Gaza: Operation Cast Lead and the Dismembering of a People
3. On the Folly of Transience
4. Dressing Mammon's Wounds II. Feast of the Giants
5. On Reconnecting
6. Leopold Kohr. Gentle Messenger of Community, Fellowship and Celebration
7. On the Need for Another Way
The full text of Fallen Leaves II can be viewed and/or downloaded as a PDF from: https://archive.org/details/fallen-leaves-ii