In 1981, before global warming became a topic of discussion, Roz gravitated towards schools of thoughts which would question the way we use our natural resources and the way we design our homes and infrastructure.
For years he was baffled by why the majority of people didn't see the need to change our designs so we rely less on fossil fuel. Then he studied the psychology of addiction and other life long emotional setbacks to soul's growth.
He has come to understand that there's a mystery which is beyond human intellectual capacity or any type of neurodiversity to understand. As much as we think that life can be understood through physics, biology, sociology, psychology, etc, even philosophy, there is an innate mystery that can only be seen through the soul's eyes.
We can use hard science and try to figure out how a flower blooms to how black hole is created and Roz is aware of the proper place for physics and chemistry but understanding the Mystery is beyond mind's rationality and especially the rationality that excludes understanding the soul. He has learned from Masters such as Molana and Kabir that it is through the development of the soul that we can begin to understand this Mystery.
Where the Idea of Facilitating Discourse on Climate Change Came from
by Roz Omid
The “School Strike for Climate” global movement also known as Friday for Future made me search for way to do better. The young activist, and many adults, see no livable planet in a not so distance future if we don’t act as if “the house is on fire.” Many children and teenagers see our ecological crisis as an existential threat as of course many adults do.
I didn't need extensive scientific research to know we were on the path to destroy our very own existence on the planet But a fifteen year old Swedish girl, Greta, studied the science in detail and once I heard those details I realized that we're in more critical situation than I had thought, by a half a dozen years or so. She wants us to panic as if the house was on fire and do something to put out the fire now. In eight and a half years the global temperature will be too high and gone beyond a manageable situation and to the point of no return. No return to any reasonable temperature to live a normal life.
But the idea to facilitate discourse on climate change has its roots in my teenage years also. I became baffled by why we allow such social ills as war and man made famine. In 1981 in college, Goddard, I believed that I had found the field of study with a well rounded praxis oriented philosophical theory that can solve our social and ecological problems, Social Ecology. I still recognize it’s core thesis, Emergence and Disillusion of Hierarchy, as a remarkable step in our intellectual evolution.
Soon after I found the field of studies that I wanted to study I was thrown into life of survival and trying to hold odd jobs with misdiagnosed autism (on the mild yet effective side of autism spectrum and what a revelation it was to finally find out that I'm autistic in my mid fifties.) In my late twenties I went back to college and studied psychology and mythology. My thirties began with 'spiritual sensibility' and at the same time I went back to study Social Ecology more intently but I struggled with lack of spiritual sensibility within this field for years. Then in 2015 a question showed up in my life which helped me shape what I’ve been referring to as, Spiritual Sensibility within Social Ecology. For more on that see chapter two in Ecology of Sanity which is a working title of a potential book.