Monthly Archives: May 2014

Out of Eden?

Nature is one of the two answers to everything. We just need to ask it the right questions.

The other answer, and one which allows us to ask the right questions, is love. By that I don’t mean just the love between lovers, or partners, or love of family. I mean the love sometimes defined in the word ‘agape.’ It is the unselfish love for everything alive, which breeds a deep kindness and an understanding of how to nurture and protect.

The more we learn of nature’s miraculous subtleties and wonders, the more we must, inescapably, understand how to live with our incredibly beautiful planet: the more, inescapably, we learn how not to be parasites. Out of this understanding, nature will become our true home; kingdoms and religions and political regimes will disintegrate and fall; and we will know the true liberty of living together, as one, with our planet. This will not happen quickly, and it will not happen through war and strife. It has already begun, and will grow each time we choose to love our neighbour and love the nature that has never been our enemy. We have the beginnings of that knowledge now.

When you know that, in a forest, healthy trees send their nourishment to the tree that is sick, how can that not change the way you see the world? Science is only now subtle enough to learn these things. It has taken us thousands of years of fighting nature to get here, to where we are at the tipping point, where we can, in continuing that warrior mentality, destroy ourselves. Alternatively, we can join the biggest paradigm shift of human history, and become a giving, creative part of the network of this natural planet. It is high time we stopped this race to the bottom, which we mistake for the top. It is high time we turned our eyes and minds and hearts to our way home.

We cast ourselves out of Eden. It is up to us to earn our way back there.

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Aristotle was a clever old fart

Imagethere are some useful things…in which the young must be educated, not only because they are useful (for example they must learn reading and writing), but also because they are often the means to learning yet further subjects. Similarly they must learn drawing, not for the sake of avoiding mistakes in private purchases, and so that they may not be taken in when buying and selling utensils, but rather because it teaches one to be observant of physical beauty. But to be constantly asking ‘What is the use of it?’ is unbecoming to those of broad vision and unworthy of free men. (Aristotle, Politics VIII.iii)

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