I have been reading a little book, a collection called Meditations On The Earth. It strikes me as odd that many of the same themes are touched on time and time again. Since Pliny the elder, the roman scholar said in the first century, “The world thus shaped then is not at rest but eternally revolves with indescribable velocity, each revolution occupying the space of twenty four hours: the rising and setting of the sun have left this not doubtful” He was onto the same truth as Black Elk in the last century reflected in his explanation of life here on Spaceship Earth. “The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind in it’s great power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles. for theirs is the same religion as ours…Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back to where they were.”
It is for us to integrate these eternal truths, these mystic elements into a cohesive approach to our environment, our own cultural development and the future, if there is to be one for humanity. Old hippies used to say what goes around comes around, and they were onto something, but too often they used it as an excuse to put down or disparage those they thought deserved ill treatment. It was said almost as often with the admonishing inflection of shame, or karma on you. Too bad, so sad. What Black Elk and Pliny were onto is that we must not foul our nest, it is finite. Too many of us look to outside forces to determine our knowledge, perception, needs and wants. Each decision we choose to make, even when we choose not to do anything, we impact on the circle, inevitably creating waves that either resonate and reverberate harmony and the eternal chord, or that are dissonant, discordant and harsh.
Each of us has the power to encourage, uplift or love one another, respecting their place in the overall scheme, or to keep them at a “safe distance”, anonymous and alien. Whether we are carefully taught or not, elements of this apartheid of the mind are rife in today’s mythology. There is no away, we must always return as the sun to look upon the results of our harmonious or discordant actions and ways. no body can cleanse the rivers that have taken one hundred years to pollute. No one can calculate how much lung disease is associated with burning fossil fuels, nor can we adequately assess how many of us will likely die for some bugger’ profit, greed or life of ease.
Pardon my vehemence only because the tables have not yet turned far enough for us to exhibit compassion for the poor sots who think that they can buy their way to a better life off the backs of willing shills and treasure hunters of every sort and fashion. The route to wealth is harrowing and few can run the gauntlet without compromise of the basic tenets of either Pliny the elder or Black Elk. How can we hope to be truly sentient if we do not accept the eternal truth of our place in the Universe. we are part and parcel to the planet we inhabit. Our will and fate are inextricable tied to our awareness of where we are, what we do and who we will allow ourselves to become. Ultimate power for those who wish to take on infinite responsibility.
In my humble opinion, we have not yet found the best way forward. some of our “leaders” think that they know the way forward, but few have voiced the true needs of our cultures either today or in the coming years. The rush to democracy and freedom worldwide speaks to the revolutionary way we need to change, to become better stewards of the earth and her people, we will need to wrest power from those who have proven that they are not capable of making good decisions with the best interests of future generations in mind. This revolution remains un-televised. That only points to how necessary and important it is.