THE STORY

Life of Pi meets The Bachelor

Destiny had brought us together ... from opposite sides of the globe

Mystery Woman

I really needed to make some sense of that odd tingling sensation

The Call

The world didn’t feel so busy, crowded, ... and strained

Illth

With wealth in the red, is our growth story dead?

Captain Bob

“May you be blessed to live in interesting times”

Know What I Know

“We learn and we grow

Kalea in Moorea

“She was the nautical expression of  grace, courage, and confidence”

Chef Lua

Her feet were rarely burdened with footwear of any kind, yet they were always strikingly clean

Be the Dolphin

“When you control your breathing, you control your mind”

The Baddest Mama Around

“Oh, the inhumanity!”
 

Don't Bother Me

“I not de golden one, you want me to be”

The Castmates Converge

“Man plans; the gods laugh”

Underway

“We zig-zag tacked our way upwind to a pristine isolated patch of shoreline”

Standard American Diet (SAD)

“The standard American diet ... is making us fat and killing us slowly”

Farmlands on Life Support

“Mega-monocrop farming has put our farmlands on life support”

A Pinnacle of Perversion

“...when living creatures are treated like nothing more than widgets in a factory”

Big Food

“For every one calorie of food we eat, ten calories of fossil fuels are expended in producing it”

Born to Walk

“The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk”

Ecoliteracy

“What fool would deliberately starve the Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs?”

Well-Being on Two Wheels

“Cities need cars like dogs need fleas”

Casino Economy

“With little connection to real wealth”

Green Premiums

“If the market told the truth, it would be telling the whole ecological truth”

Petroculture Overshoot

“We're all on the Titanic — with no captain, no navigator, and engines maxed out”

Denyin' and Delayin'

“Ain't no way to be playin'”

Burning Desires

“Fire made us human; fossil fuels made us modern, wealthy, and dominant”

Listening to Stories

“To listen carefully ... is the purest form of love”

Plasific Ocean

“Microplastic accumulations appear more like a diffuse plastic smog”

Biospherism

“We are Nature — Nature is us; what we do to it, we do to ourselves”

Sawing Off the Limb

“... on which humanity itself perches”

Parachute Minds

“Follow your heart and use your head to guide you”

Psycho, Inc.

“One could easily confuse an unethical corporation for a psychopath”

The Resource Curse

“Neoliberal globalization has fundamentally altered the economies of the Global South”

Fake Wealth

“Money games played in the markets is fake wealth”

Tragedy of the Open-Access Commons

“There is no short-term profit incentive in sound environmental stewardship”

Theology of Growth

“Growth, in a word, appears to be the only sacred doctrine of capitalism”

Magical Cheap Energy

“One barrel of oil ... contains the energy equivalent of close to five years of one person's hard physical labor”

Money Out Of Thin Air

“Money as wealth is an illusion”

Selling Me Things

“Don’t people see that we have gradually become a nation of debt slaves?”

Making Great Progress?

“The inspired young workers did not wish to be bothered, because they were finally making great progress”

Homo Economicus

“We end up buying stuff we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t know, for feelings that don’t last”

Degrowth

“Nothing can forever grow”

Relational Liberty

“Liberty 2.0”

Disconnected

“We are sleepwalking into despair”

From Ego to Eco

“Connectedness ... is a consciousness very familiar to all islanders”

Pi versus Richard Parker

“In real life, the big fish eats the little fish; that is all”

Attack on Atai

“Listen to the voice of Aikido. It is not for correcting others; it is for correcting your own mind”

The Go-Giver

“The logic of the gift is, in fact, deeply eco-logical”

Scary Rico

“No one really knows how he came into that big, expensive boat of his”

Chief Luana

“It is culture and knowledge that build better societies, not riches”

Learn To Be Still

“Mindfulness and meditation practices are about living our best lives from moment to moment to moment”

Sponge Brains

“They say that time is money. Nonsense. TIME IS LIFE!”

Bare Necessities

“Inspired projects are even more fun than fun itself!”

Schizomerica

“Traditional Native American cultures ... have generally been despised and ridiculed ... for their voluntary simplicity and social equality”

Smaller, Slower, Simpler, Better

“Simplify now (and avoid the rush)!”

Marley Under Mainsail

“Cause every little thing, gonna be alright ...”

Reunion at Rarotonga

“So I guess the whole project was a bust, huh Lua?”

The Kiss

“What the head makes cloudy, the heart makes very clear”

Surfer Joey

“If the sea gets sick and dies, so will the land — no blue, no green”

Go(o)d Vibrations

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances”

Economics for a Full Planet

“Optimums over maximums, quality over quantity, better over bigger; eco over ego, we over me”

Trimaran of Transcendence

“The human condition isn’t a competition”

Metamorphosis

“From caterpillar to butterfly, we are leaving behind old and severely limiting ways of being, living, and relating to our world”

Lua's Way

“On a full planet, we are islanders all”

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​© 2021 Rich 'Rico' Leon