I was walking my dog Totes around the neighborhood and it is gorgeous around here right now.
The fruit tree blossoms have faded but the dogwoods and lilacs have hit their stride. The ever steady, ever present dandelion has moved through a couple of generations already; and the roses will be coming soon as they are budded up and ready to bloom. Earth Day came and went this week and did anyone really notice?
There is not much old growth timber left in America most estimates have the number at around one percent. I have been fortunate to see some old growth stands of cedar trees up on the North Fork of the Clearwater River. Those old groves inspire awe, quiet the mind and reveal just how sacred and ancient the earth is.
I used to fight fire up in that region, and when you climbed to the top of lookout hill, the heart would sink a little bit.
No matter what direction you looked you could see massive clear-cuts looking like great big scars next to greatly reduced stands of timber.
Now I imagine there have always been some greedy people around who want and take more than their share. But with today’s technology those that want to exploit can do a great deal of damage in a very short order of time.
For a lot of the rest of us who care for the earth in sort of a vague way; we have let speed and convenience, generate a lack of appreciation for nature and the earth.
Our trash get hauled off, our waste gets flushed, chemical and pesticides are invisible to us. Food magically shows up in the stores and restaurants. Fertilizers, chemicals and soil end up in the watershed, rivers get dammed and smokes stacks keep pumping God knows what into the atmosphere, just to make are lives more convenient.
Now things really were not that bad for mother nature until the start of the industrial revolution. I have nothing against modern technology, if used wisely, it can be a very good thing. But what it has done is created an illusion where people can honestly believe they are separate from, even above, nature and not a part of her.
Humans and the earth have a long symbiotic relationship, tribal and planting societies honored her, worshipped even, realizing it was her that provided the source of everything they had. What has changed in the modern era is that we have lost our appreciation and our awe.
There is no way to separate ourselves from nature; to pretend we are better or different, nature and the earth are us, and we are her.
I am not worried about the earth, I am however, worried about us. The earth has been around a lot longer than homo-sapiens and, I believe knows how to heal herself.
Just like when you get an infection or disease your body goes to work mending things and you become healthy again. I assume now they earth is sort of analyzing things. What is the best way to clean my rivers and oceans? What is the best way to restore the forests, jungles and wetlands? Once she decides what to do a large chunk of homo sapiens may be in trouble.
I am reluctant to share this, but when I was on the streets I had a couple of what I guess you would call, prophetic dreams. In one I heard, “The Mississippi River will disappear.” Not magically disappear, but like a large snow fall in Canada creates a monster like flood, or some other natural phenomenon like an earthquake. The other dream had the earth going dark for two or three days. Make what you will of that.
Whether these things will happen or not I have no idea, and they ain’t really prophetic unless they do happen. However, the earth supports our every step and provides literally everything we have.
I know for a fact prayer can change things and maybe the best kind of natural prayer is one of gratitude. So before going to bed and when you wake up, why not thank the earth, along with God, for everything you have. She is sacred after all, and so are you.
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