The veil between our world and the other world is said to be thinnest at this time. Our ancestors play a large role in what we see, what we allow ourselves to understand and what we believe in. The very words that we use to express ourselves are often the product of old ways of understanding, old meanings and old way thinking. If we are to make peace with our forbears, we need to accept the fact that they too were given a selection of words and ideas that had been serviceable in the generations before theirs and perhaps unwittingly passed down the baggage that came with them unaware of the damage that they would surely do in changing times.
We have had over five hundred years of slavery and exploitation. We have had over one hundred years of wanton destruction of the biosphere. Fifty years ago, we finally had the chance to look at things a little more critically with the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a book that many claim as the first hard look into the crystal ball of science. We can see plainly now, where we are headed, but the discussion of basic issues regarding the habitability of our planet is not taking place in the halls of power or amongst the electorate. The first Earthday is hardly remembered by most people alive today, what it was really all about has been turned into a marketing opportunity for corporate interests across our great land. whatever plastic crap they want to sell you can be green-washed to fit the day, then sold as usual the rest of the year without the extra hassle of saying that it is “good” for the environment.
Public discourse far too frequently focuses on dead environmentalists. The majority of ecophreaks are alive now, working to make the planet liveable. The fact that the cameras more frequently get pointed toward the mayhem and destruction caused by greed undermines the fact that millions of acres are coming under the management of more gentle hands, organic management schemes and low cost, efficient systems that lead to healthier food for all of us and a healthier environment as well. In 2011, more people entered the business of farming than at any other time in history. These young farmers are working to create a new system of agriculture that is less reliant on petro-chemical inputs, more sensitive to local conditions and less reliant on mega acreage of monoculture. Our ancestors devised the word for acre, because that was the approximate area that one farmer could plow using one ox and one plow. today, that meaning has been all but lost.
as we position ourselves to cope with the rapidly changing future, it is well to realize that we cannot go back to the ways that our ancestors did their business, but likewise we cannot go back to the way we did business just a few years ago. We are striking out into a new time where ancient ideas of equity and the give away must be reborn in out culture. We must begin to fathom depths of meaning that lie outside our normal view of the planet, our part in it and the relationships we have with many of the elemental forces which surround us and flow through us.
It is my most sincere wish for all of us to find peace with the spirits of the dead. to reject or discard the parts of our world view which are no longer serviceable.
Attributed to Albert Einstein, “Insanity is trying the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.” The Pagan New Year is upon us and what better time to let go of old habits , definitions, meanings and methods that no longer serve? My new year’s wish for everyone is to make peace with the fact that we are creating the future each moment. our choices to day have the power to outlive us. I also wish that we will all consider well, the next seven generations. when our grandchildren sit on our knee and ask us, “When they contaminated the water, where were you? or ” when they polluted the air, why didn’t you stop them? I want us all to be able to hold our heads up and say, we were the change that we wished to see in the world. Creating anything new requires a death of the old. Perhaps now more than ever we need to strike out in a new direction. The inhumanity that has accompanied greed and capitalism must pass from the Earth if we are to survive and thrive. We have seen where this path leads.
Blessed Be and namaste’