ALL religions (including the religions of profit, ownership, consumerism) are but tarrying good, bad, or terrible translations of nature and, ultimately, they may all be the same, and get to the same big bang for the buck. In the meantime, we sure appear to be currently translating nature into non-life-sustaining and lifeless piles of inanimate landfills and stuffs, which are sitting around in piles with free signs on many corners of the whirled, where there were once functioning ecosystems of earth, air, water, fire, and breath, flowing, alive with diversity.
The writing is on the walls of nature, in plain view, for us to make cents out of. Or, perhaps the writings of nature, are not there for us to make cents out of, but to steward, take care of, observe, witness, and stand up for, as non-cents, but as a whole with a greater value than lifeless stuff and our convenience, but somehow with basic rights to exist unmolested, in and of them/its-elves?
We have reduced our whole whirled to $ values, to be exploited and profited from, at our whims. Fenced off, owned. Mine, and mined, keep off, and keep out, if you don't mind. "Private" "property...." We do not own anything, except for perhaps our viewpoints, and even those for only 80 or 100 head trips around and around, and, we sure are leaving a mess. Sure, la la ill all ha ha, it's all perfect, and, well, it's really hard for this one to witness.
Do we ever ask permission of all life before changing it into subdivisions, parking lots, disposable bags, disposable diapers, disposable humans, disposable life, auto exhaust, or most all of the piles of lifeless stuff most of us toss in the trash week after week after week? AND WHERE does it go? All done for a buck ninety eight, on sale, or save 12 sense more, and get 50 of 'em at costmo. Let somebody else fix it?
Hey, we have our greenie greenwashed Prius, and still fly all over the globe. Oops. Why are consevation and preservation such non-topics? Hey, we can all move on by, and comment on Terrapin, the Smart Train, and other important stuffs, with our righteous knees jerking around on the fly. Meanwhile, oh well, nevermind, and don't bother to comment, or consider, or think about this earth, which supports all of our lives. Consuming is what is important. That and "ownership." We have ours. It's just too bad, really, that it is all built upon the backs of nature and all life, which contrary to popular delusion, are not infinite and do not belong to us.
Here is a 'lil short I put together from the Bioneers (seen at right), last year, which is perhaps, one of the most important ideas for humans to really get, if we expect to continue living on this 'lil ball or leaving anything for the future. Intact, living, Nature is more valuable than money, or $ profits. Likely none of you will watch it, or act on it. Too much trouble to create real homeland security, and we have our $, we own our personal worlds, and the housecleaner is coming, gotta run.
WE are terrible stewards of this earth folks. Oh, nevermind. Consume away, and let the wars continue on, in our names. After all, there is nothing we can do about any of it?
Sierra Salin, with help from Chicken Little Soup with meteorites (tm) (C) ($3.99 from Monsanto, unless you count the real ongoing environmental and social costs.)