I still appreciate the autumn colors,
while bodies, blackened, rotting fruits of war
for blood to fill the gas tank of my car
litter the ground like fallen leaves.
Don't I deserve to take that country drive,
to look up through the vibrant reds and browns,
to breathe the air, untainted by the smell
of cordite, and the burning flesh of children?
A brown and crackling leaf adorns my table,
a sycamore, its crisp, five-fingered veins
curve as if to grasp something invisible,
a moment's peace, or to catch the rain.
Learning is a bitch, aint it? Never stops, if you're paying any attention at all. My friend Jorge said to me: "You have to let everyone follow their own path, especially yourself." Not unlike, who-is-it...Sam Keen?..."Follow your bliss!" To sacrifice any of your dream, in order to give someone else what they want, is not sustainable.
My dream is sustainability...not just of spiritual self, but of corporeal self: sustainable agriculture, sustainable energy systems, sustainable home and hearth, starting with myself directly...really to shovel my own sh*t...all of it.
I'm looking for a partner in that project, someone who is ready to take on the burden of their own existence, not to farm it out to corporations or governments, not to pile it, along with seven billion others, on the systematic extraction of non-renewable resources.
Just to be clear, this project will require hard work...I mean, actual physical exertion, sweating even, getting dirty... I can understand if you are not up for that. But that is where I'm going, and if you're not ready to go there, why would we be going together?
Please read Guy McPherson's blog post, "Climate-change summary and update," (his blog is called Nature Bats Last) before contacting me. You needn't agree with him that we are facing near term human extinction, but it might help you understand why I agree with him that subsistence farming is the only morally defensible lifestyle, other than hunting & gathering.
Be present, enact compassion.
As you do unto others, so you do unto yourself.