We've lately heard a lot about how baby boomers aren't going to go placidly into old age, be herded into "retirement communities" or generally behave themselves. In my last posting I shared Paul Hawken's new book Blessed Unrest, and I urge everyone to go read it. It's a massively important and useful work that helps point the way out of the messes we're in, with seminal quotes from those who've gone before, and and impressive bibliography and appendix. Not to mention that Hawken has launched a website to keep the momentum going. Visit Wiser Earth and browse the directory of groups that are changing the world.
Where did Blessed Unrest get its name? Here's the first quote in the book, and when I read it I got goose bumps:
"There is vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.....You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open....[There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the other." --Martha Graham to Agnes de Mille, Dance to the Piper (NY: Da Capo Press, 1980)