Most are scattered, like dandelion fluff. They land, and either take up residence or become nest materials. But either way, they are productive, even if I can’t see the results.
It used to be that industry justified their lax environmental behaviors with lame justifications like “no people live there” or “it’s not a resource we need, so who cares”. Those are clearly over-simplifications of industry’s justifications. But they are the essence and cut to the core of the problems we face.
Everything has a monetary value in colonial thinking. Or not. The monetary value represents some form of power and leads to exploitation. And the lower that monetary value, the higher the risk for exploitation, oppression, degradation.
The colonial mindset has no capacity for the intrinsic value of life outside of what the colonial lens sees.
It is a sickness. It is a consumptive illness. Consuming the soil/soul until nothing is sacred.
The proof lies in the actions of modern day speculators, profiteers, industrialists. They no longer value water except for what monetary value they can assign to and reap from that relative.
It’s not to say that this illness is new. It’s not. The illness has been on the planet for a long time. Consuming. Destroying.
But every illness has a crescendo. Every illness leads to some outcome. Either wellness or eventual death. The path lies in our ability to apply healing principles, methodologies and thoughts (prayers, if you will).
We have the ability to heal each other, ourselves and the relationship between human and more-than-human kin.
We have to practice and perfect these abilities. And we have to commit to an oath of “do no harm”. This oath can be hard to live up to when others are doing harm. But we must remember universal law and keep close to our personal oath to our kin.
I am staying off most social media for a bit longer. I have come to see it as a false community. And we need real, personal communities. Now, as ever.
We must learn to come together to celebrate and grieve, laugh and argue, hold each other to account to our highest selves and defend that which is good and honorable.
This is how we heal the illness that has permeated humankind. Industry will either evolve with us, or we will evolve away from them.
There is nothing impossible when you live love as a Real Human Being, sovereign with rights and responsibilities.