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I remember well the day I “woke up” to the prospects of collapse and social disruption in the United States. It was the day I first saw the documentary End of Suburbia. This film highlighted the issue of oil depletion and the many impacts it would have, particularly in oil-dependent countries. It sucked me into doomer culture, not unlike how people today get sucked into QAnon or similar groups. Something in me fed on the anxiety and anticipation the talking heads in that film doled out. I suspect the misanthropy I harbored helped this along.

After that fateful day in…


I have been experimenting with the therapeutic value of cold water exposure for about 20 years. I started this adventure while living in Northwest Indiana, wading and swimming in the chilly waters of Lake Michigan when ice flows and rip currents allowed. These days I live in Northern Vermont, and continue deepening my relationship with cold exposure through frequent dips in Lake Champlain. I have never mentioned my cold-water predilections on this blog before, so thought I would use this post to rectify that.

As I type this, it is late March. It was a very mild winter here in…


The Zack Snyder cut of Justice League began streaming online a few days ago. It inspired me to reflect on how different the DC and Marvel Cinematic Universes are. I find one difference particularly striking: how they portray their super-powered female leads. I am referring, of course, to DC’s Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman) and Marvel’s Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel). The cinematic portrayal of Wonder Woman is obviously superior to that of Captain Marvel. I will use this post to explain why.

The biggest reason why Wonder Woman’s portrayal is superior is that DC realizes its female characters cannot…


We live in interesting times. The uncertainty we face contributes mightily to making them so interesting. Uncertainty attracts us to those who can offer a glimpse of what the future holds. We find these glimpses calming, even if the future they portray is grim.

One word used to describe people who can tell the future is soothsayer. This word does not come up in common parlance much anymore. The profession of soothsaying is an old one. Oracles and diviners were soothsayers, as are today’s psychics, astrologers, and Tarot readers. Soothsaying, as a profession, is as important to us as ever…


A couple weeks back I wrote about two alternative power dynamics. One is a power hierarchy, where individuals meet their needs by asserting power over others, or by learning to navigate the position of subservience they find themselves in. An alternative to this dynamic is a partnership, where individuals work together to meet their needs in such a way that neither are forced into permanent subservience. These power dynamics play out in many contexts. I want to use this post to explore how they show up within our food system.

I am a part-time instructor at the University of Vermont…


Why do people do what they do? What serves as the motivating force that drives our behavior? For several years I have been on a quest to answer these questions. Most recently, that quest led me to the book The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life, by psychologists Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg, and Tom Pyszczynski.

The book explores how our fear of death influences our behavior patterns. If this theme sounds familiar, that might be because many a philosopher has mused on the conscious and even subconscious impact that fear of death plays in our…


For most of my adult life I have trained in martial arts. The body awareness and conditioning they provide supports my physical and emotional health on so many levels. My martial training also offers useful insights on a strategic question I ponder frequently: what must we do to navigate the changing world in which we live?

One of my formative instructors taught out of a basement studio in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was a stocky man with a prominent, gravelly drawl. He was also a Deputy Sheriff, and brought a sense of urgency to our training that I at first found…


In my first blog post a couple weeks back I explored how the meaning of apocalypse has changed over its long journey into modern English. It was originally a synonym for the word revelation, and referred to instances when surprising truths were revealed in dramatic ways. Today we use the word to refer to events marked by cataclysm or catastrophe.

These meanings are not unrelated; the uncovering of certain truths can have a profoundly destabilizing force in people’s lives. The same can be true for societies writ large. …


Someone first suggested I read Daniel Quinn’s 1992 novel Ishmael in 2003. When they mentioned the book’s title, I refused thinking it was about religion. They assured me it was not. I then refused because, at the time, I thought myself above reading fiction. They let the issue drop.

Years passed, and every few months a new suggestion to read Ishmael would surface. In early 2006, while a graduate student studying environmental science at Indiana University, I finally relented. I was looking for some pleasure reading to take the edge off the doom and gloom my program inundated me with…


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In my humble opinion, Donald Trump was the best president the United States has had since the Civil War. He was not particularly smart, noble, honest, or even endearing, but made up for these shortcomings by holding a superbly polished mirror up to the American people and refusing to let us look away from it.

From the moment people first saw their collective reflection, some concluded they did not like it. As a consequence, Trump became the enemy, the evil “other” whose erasure, banishment, or exorcism would solve so many problems. …

Eric Garza

I dabble in written, audio, and video media production and ponder deeply the predicaments of our age. Find me on the web at EricGarza.info.

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