“Capitalism was not a normalcy but an abnormalcy. Property is normal, and is more normal in proportion as it is universal. Slavery may be normal and even natural, in the sense that a bad habit may be second nature. But Capitalism was never anything so human as a habit; we may say it was never anything so good as a bad habit. It was never a custom; for men never grew accustomed to it. It was never even conservative; for before it was even created wise men had realised that it could not be conserved. It was from the first problem; and those who will not even admit the Capitalist problem deserve to get the Bolshevist solution. All things considered, I cannot say anything worse of them than that.” — G.K. Chesterton, “What I Saw in America”
“So it’s a critical moment of human history, not just because of the coronavirus, that should bring us to awareness of the profound flaws of the world, the deep, dysfunctional characteristics of the whole socio-economic system, which has to change, if there’s going to be a survivable future. So this could be a warning sign and a lesson to deal with it today or prevent it from exploding. But thinking of its roots and how those roots are going to lead to more crises, worse ones than this”. — Noam Chomsky
The need to heal the split between spirit and matter — the need for the return of the feminine — is one of the most important stories of our present time. As we wake up to our ecological crisis, we sense the imbalance that lies at the root of our culture, the result of our loss of contact with the sacredness of the earth that is the cornerstone of all indigenous cultures. But few have dared to penetrate to the very foundation of this cultural split and to see how it has evolved over the centuries, to comprehend the real depths of the imbalance that now threatens our whole planet.’ — Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul
The United States has evolved into a locomotive pulling the rest of the world off a cliff. The lack of a spiritual relation with nature is at the core of our vision of things. Our inability to see the divine light in the natural world and to know ourselves as integral to that spirit is killing the world.
This little pause that worries everybody so much may just be the chance we need to reconsider where and what we are. Our civilization always hid a fragility, a precarity, beneath its marketing juggernaut. It’s considered normal that one interrupted paycheck can put you on the street. It’s to be expected, they say, that inflation makes that paycheck worth less every day. We keep our nose to the grindstone and our myopic eyes on the carrot.
We’re missing something though. We’re missing the Miracle. We’re hypnotised by the idea that the world is a mechanism put together by a remote and punitive god who gives a thumbs up to hard labor for shekels but has no interest in beauty and kindness.
It’s a strange, psychopathic worldview and it has created a strange, psychopathic world. Every life form is threatened on such a planet. What will it take for the good green earth to heal itself now? A lot of damage has been done. The fabric of the web of life has been given a good rip.
Our experts are clamoring for a quick return to raping the earth for money. Powerful people are using this opportunity to drag us all toward Faschism. Authoritarians see their chance while people are preoccupied with basic survival. “America The Beautiful” is showing its underbelly.
I can’t write a plausible end to this story. It could go either way. Somehow the view that all life is sacred, that it’s our job to see, love and care for the Earth will have to take hold. At that moment and not a minute before we will have a chance to continue to live surrounded by the Miracle.
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