Desert Creek House

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802 Desert Creek Road,
Numbugga via Bega NSW 2550
Phone: 6492 8498
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Selection of texts

1) Texts for reflexion

2) Australia
Aboriginal People

3) Texts concerning DCH
Essays + Our practice

4) Ecology
Climate change

5) The Tipping Point Alliance

6) Other writers

1) Texts for reflexion - Themes - Texts by us

After our community day and sharing about generosity (26th May), Jen provides here her text for further reflection: After our community day and sharing about nonviolent communication (28th April), Sunny proposes the following texts for further reflexion: Traditional cultures A few diverse texts by us
2) Australia - Aboriginal People

What can we do at DCH to discover a true connexion to Aboriginal people and culture?
About democracy in Australia

3) Texts concerning more specifically the practice at DCH

A few texts and essays about our practice:
A reflexion about our practice and future at DCH:
4) Ecology - Climate change

About climate change:
This text has been written as a feedback after a talk at the Bermagui Institute by Prof. Lesley Hughes (Prof. biology at Macquarie Uni and member of Climate Council) - Febr. 2019. It proposes two immediate actions: Two proposals for a direct action against climate change:
About the storage of renewable energy: This is a very interesting example of how we can store renewable energy in hydro systems independent from our rivers. Borrowed from Andrew Blakers, ANU.

4) The Tipping Point Alliance

A Manifesto and Covenant for a meaningful Life in a facturing World

We live in a time of urgency: the environment (climate change) calls for a urgent and radical change of life in harmony with the cycles of the universe and of nature; the economy is controlled by a few powerful interests and our humanity is reduced to be the cogs of a system that has lost its meaning; social coherence and solidarity have degenerated into a violent competition where enything seems acceptable.

We live also in a time when truth seems to be so flexible that anything goes. It is then essential to dare to affirm what is central in our lives. We have tried to do this exercise (which is not simple at all). Out of this attempt a text has taken shape.

You can download here the main documents:

5) Other writers

Texts by Vaclav Havel (1936-2011), writer and so called "dissident" under the prosovietic regime; then President of Czekoslovakia (1989-92), first President of the Czech Republic (1993-2003:
  • President talk - 1st January 1999 - 2p
    In his inaugural talk to the nation, Vaclav Havel explains how we are all responsible for the evolution of our own national society; we are all actors in present history. It means we share the responsibility for what we have created together, even in a totalitarian regime, as the one which had then just been replaced by a new born democracy in Czekoslovakia.
  • The Power of the Powerless (1978) - 47p or the short version (extracts) - 7p
    This text has been written by Vaclav Havel for the Polish trade Union Solidarnosc as a description of what it means to live within the truth. It describes what is true "dissidence" (as the media at that time used to name the form of resistance that developed in Eastern European countries. This text is fascinating because it can be read on many levels:
    1) As a historical document that illustrates how people in the opposition in soviet dominated countries understood their commitment to justice and truth.
    2) As a description in what consists resistance under a totalitarian regime.
    3) As an inspiration for finding a true life attitude in face of any ideology, wheter it is totalitarian as in then soviet dominated countries or whether it is capitalist under the domination and exploitation of market economy that imposes a pattern of thinking and living.
    4) Or finally as a call for living a free spiritual life (living within the truth) at the image of Jesus Christ, or of people such as Buddha, Gandhi, Martin Luther King or similar, who have been in their own way "great dissidents" par excellence.
Texts by Elie Wiesel (1928-2016), Holocaust surviver and writer:
  • 3) Indifference - 3p. Talk at the Seventh White House Millennium Evening, Washington - 12 April 1999.
    This is a fascinating accusation of indifference.
    I'm not sure I can follow E. Wiesel in his enthousiasm for the Kosovo intervention, but it describes nevertheless his attitude.

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