Using herbicides is a typical example of a failure to understand that our human good relies on the good, that is, the flourishing, of other species

Can we transform how we see the world and how we live our lives through shifting our perspective on reflections on our own consciousness, on our awareness, attending to the present? These are old practices for philosophers. Yet language matters, and philosophy is also the art of possibilities with how…


We all have relationships with colleagues, family members, or others who are close to us, that don’t work. Sometimes we know that this person is toxic. A bad apple. Their presence can cause us to close down and be unable to function effectively. Or we can find ourselves triggered into…


Brahmacharya

It’s always interesting to look at the origins of words: Brahma means God, or a version of the divine. What is your sense of god, or the divine? Is there another layer of existence that is in relation with us? Many people think so. I don’t. In fact, the…


Children are seen washing cobalt in a lake at a mine in the southern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (credit: CBS news).

I read David Asch’s informative piece on “10 Painless Ways to Live Below Your Means” and its sequel, “10 Mostly Painless Ways to Live Below Your Means”, and they got me thinking about a book I’d just read. It’s called Sustainability, and it ends with the memorable injunction that as…


The problems we face as a result of our impact, as a species, on other systems, have emerged out of deeply rooted ideas we have of our relationship to the rest of existence. …


I got a really nice reply to a story I put up here about why I don’t think there’s much alternative to capitalism. My argument is the usual one that what are sometimes called “wishy washy liberals” put out: there’s no realistic alternative to capitalism because the ones that have…


The Benefit of the Awakening Mind

There is nothing here that has not been explained before

And I have no skill in the art of rhetoric;

Therefore, lacking any intention to benefit others,

I write this in order to acquaint it to my mind.

The climate crisis, nature on the…


The Glore river in County Mayo is a place very close to my heart. I have spent time at the Glore Mill and walked the labyrinths. …


The ecological emergency is climate change, biodiversity loss and ideological polarisation. These all imply societal collapse. One thing that is touted as a way out of imminent catastrophe is a move towards socialism. Is changing to a non-capitalist society the answer? Probably not. …


To change the world, first change your attitude

We’re in an ecological emergency. This includes but is not limited to changes in the atmosphere affecting climate. This also includes the extinction of vast numbers of species, most of which we have not yet understood or even identified. …

Lucy Weir

Dr Lucy Weir is an independent researcher, writer and facilitator whose emphasis is on philosophy as a practice in response to the ecological emergency

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