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by Alan Chapman - Thursday, 5 December 2019, 2:55 PM
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Anthropocene Quiz 2

Your own life quiz...

This is the second quiz in a series of quizzes about the Anthropocene, and about your own life.

The Anthropocene is basically humanity's effect on Earth; life, death, universe and everything. 

We are all part of it.

And so it's a doorway to anything you want, especially to self-discovery. Who you are. What life is for you. 

Go easy. 

Explore this quiz and its meanings for yourself in your own ways. Let it come to you. It's a doorway and a seed.

Each of us is different. Please consider this when sharing this quiz or using it with other people.

I'm an optimist. For me, hope is fundamental. For me, there is no such thing as false hope, or there is no hope at all.

What we dream, we make real. Our reality, and everything, is inside our head


Anthropocene Quiz 2 - Questions only

1. Urtica dioica, a free widespread plant used since ancient times in medicine/therapy/healing/health (Urtication), food and drink,  etc., is: Dandelion; Apple; Rose; or Stinging nettle?

2. Banned by Russia and USA, Tolstoy's 1889 novella about love and murder in marriage, is named from Beethoven's similarly deep and meaningful violin work called the Kreutzer: Waltz; March; Sonata; or Earworm?

3. Viktor Frankl's book on his Holocaust death camp survival and existential teachings, is Man's Search for: Water; Food; Sleep; or Meaning?

4. Approximately how many farmers in India die by suicide every year: None; 50; 500; or Several thousands?

5.  What city's extraordinary football story is told in the book and hashtag Fearless?

6. What term commonly refers to chaos theory, universe, infinite patterns within patterns (e.g., the Mandelbrot set): Fibbonaci; Golden ratio; Fractals; or Decimal?

Answers below.

Every person's brain has trillions of different synaptic connections.  

Our inner universe is influenced by our outer universe, and our outer universe is influenced by our inner universe

Everything is connected.

We each determine our own truth, and and this happens collectively too, as a connected species with other species, and connected to everything.

The Anthropocene is a doorway. And a seed. 

What we are, and can be, is beyond our imagination - just as the wheel was unimaginable for most of our existence, and the internet was unimaginable for humans 50 years ago, and  machine learning was unimaginable by our parents.

And yet thousands of years ago we built Pyramids and Stonehenge, and we understood our connections with nature and the Cosmos in ways we believe we have forgotten.

Give yourself time and space to think, feel and sense what this means to you. 

Talk. Listen. Open your mind, heart and soul, to the wisdom and connections that we all have. 

Love your truth and the life you can make, and love that this is your right. 

Fearless. We make life.

Go easy.


Anthropocene Quiz 1 - Questions and Answers

1. Urtica dioica, a free widespread plant used since ancient times in medicine/therapy/healing/health (Urtication), food and drink,  etc., is: Dandelion; Apple; Rose; or Stinging nettle? Stinging nettle (Go gather some, especially the new tips; make tea, soup, etc., and uticate - explore....  explore also what else is free and can be foraged, giving tastes, experiences, wisdoms and connections beyond imaginings - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urtica_dioica)   

2. Banned by Russia and USA, Tolstoy's 1889 novella about love and murder in marriage, is named from Beethoven's similarly deep and meaningful violin work called the Kreutzer: Waltz; March; Sonata; or Earworm?  Sonata (the stories and teachings underlying/arising from Tolstoy's/Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata works, and from many derived works by others inspired by the Kreutzer Sonata(s), are central to life, humanity, and are powerfully relevant for our times and futures; particularly undestanding loving and sexual relationships and systems of power, and what we make real - so make of it all what you want - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kreutzer_Sonata and  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violin_Sonata_No._9_(Beethoven) )

3. Viktor Frankl's book on his Holocaust death camp survival and existential teachings, is Man's Search for: Water; Food; Sleep; or Meaning? Meaning (Frankl's book Man's Search for Meaning teaches many things; notably the natural resilience of humanity, and explanation that our thoughts determine our existence, even if we are ravaged beyond imagination - you can buy a used copy of the book, for yourself or someone else, for less than the price of a cup of coffee  - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man%27s_Search_for_Meaning  and  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Frankl)

4. Approximately how many farmers in India die by suicide every year: None; 50; 500; or Several thousands? Several thousands (think about it - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farmers%27_suicides_in_India  - also consider where your country is in the world rankings of suicide rates, and what all this means - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_suicide_rate - consider also, for every suicide there are about 20 attempts, and for every attempt 10-20, 30, 40???  (nobody knows because we don't measure it anywhere) contemplate because life is so difficult - do the math, locally and globally - think about your friends, family, community, country... the world we make, the life you make)

5. What city's extraordinary football story is told in the book and hashtag Fearless? Leicester (Jonathan Northcroft's book Fearless, and the story of a city and its people and football club, offer teachings for leaders, thinkers, and transformers everywhere. Every leader should read the book. Everyone interested in what it is to be human, to live and love, and be deeply connected with life and death, and hope and belief, and the power of people, should read the book. The story is about infinitely more than football. Of course every city, every village, every person, has a life-changing story. This story is particularly deep and accessible. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leicester_City_F.C. and    

6. What term commonly refers to chaos theory, universe, and infinite patterns within patterns, e.g., the Mandelbrot set: Fibbonaci; Golden ratio; Fractals; or Decimal? Fractals (please explore fractals in your own way - technically it seems challenging, but actually we experience fractals in life all the time - imagine two mirrors facing each other and what is happening between them - imagine what everything is made of, where it comes from and where it goes - imagine the truth that what makes us was once completely different: atoms and smaller particles from around the world and energy from the sun and stars... and imagine what we become after we die and where our atoms and energy go... this is basically fractals - timeless boundless patterns within patterns - let it come to you (this sort of deep thinking/feeling/sensing does come to us when we open the door or plant a seed) - and if all this seems too technical, just look at the clear night sky for a few minutes and feel it connect with you - or look silently and deeply into the eyes of another person for 5 minutes, and feel what happens to your minds and senses that you perhaps did not realise existed in you - see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ratio also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractal also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandelbrot_set also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci_number - and explore whatever you want in your own way)

Each of us is unique and central to everything. 

We make life as we grow our inner and outer universe.

Make space and time to do this. Practise this.

Let it come to you.

Talk with others. Help others do this too. 

We know nothing, and everything, and so, simply be.

Thank you. Go easy.

Love,

Alan

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