“Finally, the political conversation is shifting in a way that undermines our nation’s deepest principle. People are actually arguing about whether it might be a good thing to kill off society’s weakest members. A member of a planning commission from the San Francisco area took to Facebook to suggest we should just let coronavirus take its course. Lots of people would die, he wrote, primarily old and sick people, but that would take the pressure off Social Security and lower health care costs. There would be more jobs and housing available. And as for homeless people, when they died it would “fix what is a significant burden on our society….” — Heather Cox Richardson
“The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.” ― Bill Mollison
Nature does a fine job of cooperating and creating, but something has happened to human beings. They have somehow evolved to the point where they can’t even see how essential it is to cooperate with each other, much less with nature itself. Humans have become a wrecking ball, smashing everything in sight, even their own habitats.
A blindness has overwhelmed advanced civilizations to the point that killing and ecological destruction is big business. The stupidity of such an enterprise is obvious to the most casual onlooker, but it’s easy to find workers willing to set aside their qualms because they have to pay rent and put food on the table. Driven by survival, people will commit the most heinous crimes against nature.
There is a hue and cry at the moment to end the quarantine because “work is more important than saving lives.” The question of what kind of work is rarely entertained.
Those non essential old folks are not contributing to the market. Why do we need them then? The work that is destroying the world is “necessary,” though, and must go on.
And we are the intelligent species?
Have we so conveniently forgotten the connections of love between generations? Is it so easy to convince ourselves that money is the main value in life?
I would ask if a species cursed with such blindness can survive on this planet, where everything is connected to everything else.
What’s lacking here, what’s needed to rectify this failing? I think it’s vision that is needed, a vision of the heart. It’s there. It exists. It’s just that we’re cut off from it. We live in a social construct that excludes it and pretends it doesn’t exist — and if it does exist, it doesn’t matter.
Without a deeper vision of our roots in the matrix of existence, we can’t go much farther. Our whole concept of living on this Earth is so childish and limited that we can’t help but drive ourselves over the cliff.
Americans are now discussing who has the right to live and who doesn’t.
How did we come to this? I think we’re seeing a logical progression of the system we have lived in for centuries. Remember how shocked we were when we learned of the Nazi death machine? How have we arrived at the same historical destination? Will those who advocate death for under-performing members of society be condemned and punished as the Nazis were?
Since the winners write the history books, we don’t know yet.
This is a time of questions, questions for which we have few answers. A great dismantlement and reconstruction is in order, if we’re up to it. If we’re not up to it, the denouement isn’t in question. A huge project faces us now that will require an evolution of the mind and heart.
I’m cautiously optimistic because I’m aware of people like Bill Mollison and many others who are already creating from an expanded vision of what is needed now.
- Anima Fire is my publication