Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class Monday to Friday
1. Solitary living is the biggest social change.
We may not be aware that living alone is a new norm, as people go and live in cities, and as people are left behind on the countryside. Conventional domestic life is giving way to modern living in condominiums, apartments, hotels. Transience takes people away from their place of birth. Young people seek adventure, they travel far and wide, they give more importance to career. Result: the nuclear family is dying. Travel, career, and adventure have changed the lives of the younger generations. Living solo as percentage of all household) is highest in
- Sweden (47%), followed by .
- Britain (34%)
- Japan (31%),
- Italy (29%),
- US (28%),
- Canada (27%),
- Russia 25%),
- South Africa 24%)
- Brazil has 10%, while
- India is among the lowest with only 3%. There is no available data of other countries, which includes the Philippines.(From Euromonitor International, and US Census, 2011) Photo: Henry David Thoreau, wrote Walden Pond while living in a forest clearing for a year to demonstrate man's craving for peaceful solitude, and detachment from a repressive society.
2. The rise of the nones (people with no religious affiliation)
More and more communities around the would no longer gather in churches every Sunday. But as a congregation they engage in spiritual conversation and prayer, visiting the sick,and working together to serve the poor. Many of them have given up their traditional religious institutions which they view as flavorless, tough, and dogmatic. And yet these expats are the ones leading unorthodox ways to build spiritual lives. Their numbers are fast increasing; it is estimated at 16% of the US, more than double that in 1990, with only 4% identifying themselves atheist or agnostic.
Sister Veny Rotor (left)is a lay Franciscan, a more recent congregation. Franciscans lead the life of Francis of Assisi, liberated from the strict cloistered life of nuns.
Among the reasons behind the rise of nones are sex-abuse scandals in the Catholic church to entanglement of faith in politics, as well as passivity of church to current issue, no to mention inexplicable wealth and wealth privileges of religious organizations. With today's literacy and expanding social network faiths are beginning to regard the bible stories as fiction. The bible is the bloodiest book ever written and yet it is the widest read book through the centuries.
People hunger for spiritual connection and community has not gone away. Forty percent of the unaffiliated respondents in a 2009 survey are fairly religious, and are still hoping to eventually find the right religious home. For most, they are not rejecting God, they are rejecting organized religion as being rigid and dogmatic.
3. "Your head is in the cloud."
More and more information come to us more than our head can handle.We are outsourcing our memory, a change in cognitive habit, to search engines, like Google, smart phones, so that virtually we need not
- evaluate, or even make
- conclude and
Here are three new realities in our computer age.
- When we don't know the answer to a question, we think about where we can find the nearest Web connection.
- When we expect to be able to find information again later on, we don't remember it as well as when we think it might become unavailable. (Because we have saved the information we care less in remembering it internally.)
- The expectation that we will be able to locate information down the line leads us to form a memory not of the fact itself but of where we will be able to find it.
- We are becoming symbiotic with our computer tools (turning to cyborg). This leads us to transactive memory - unspoken arrangement by which people dole out memory tasks to each individual, with information to be shared when needed.
- Facts cannot be Googled, they must be stored in the original hard drive - our long term memory. Skills like critical thinking and analysis must develop in the contexts of facts. We need something to think and reason about. Factual knowledge must precede skill., such as the multiplication table. This is very important to children.
The experience of losing our Internet connection becomes more and more like losing a friend."- Annie Murphy Paul,author of Origins and Time columnist
Refrence: Time Magazine March 12, 2012
It's a simple equation, whether you contribute or lessen carbon. The equation is a basis in determining if you are an enemy or friend of the environment. And this is posed to each and every individual, to farming, industry, and practically all institutions of human society.
Here are handprints (environment-friendly activities.
- plant trees and take care of them
- use organic fertilizer
- convert farm waste to biogas
- use paper rather than plastic
- natural ventilation, instead of air conditioned homes
- vegetarian, rather than meat eater
- natural fiber instead of synthetic .
- simple life, rather than ostentatious
- eat less processed food
- walk, bike, rather than drive or ride
- obesity. overweight
- poor car maintenance
- high rise buildings
- High technology
- fossil fuel dependent
- always traveling, specially by air
- cosmetics dependence
- poor ventilated buildings and homes
- sophisticated technology
- runaway population
- meat-based economy
Alternative energy wind; harvesting rainwater
Governments led by the US have began instituting reforms through laws and regulations, as well as subsidy and tax incentives, to companies, communities and institutions that contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions and other wastes (eg CFC), in producing carbon-arresting materials and substances, bio-remediation of wastes, and maintaining balance ecosystems.