Why I'm Scared
Is it just me? Or do others also have some unsettling sense of foreboding? It seems to me that despite the New Age notion that we "create our reality" which has had the effect of increased sales in the area of personal development, success coaching and meditation cushions more than anything else (which I'm not knocking but merely noting), there is a "reality" that continues to knock on our global door for attention: the issue of environmental and economic sustainability. If we don't address it, there simply won't be a world for us to meditate in and be successful in. As Chief Oren Lyons says, "The earth has no mercy."
All too often I hear people say, "Don't worry it's all good." It's hard for me to buy it though. And because we have been entrusted with this beautiful planet, are we not therefore endebted and responsible to care for it and for each other? I implore people to visit the following links while bearing in mind their children, grandchildren as well as the future of humanity. It's really hard not to think we're in very serious trouble, especially after listening to these very articulate speakers Oren Lyons, Chris Hedges, Derrick Jensen. People might label me a pessimist but what makes me appear pessimistic isn't a lack of faith in the intelligence and know-how of human beings which is nothing short of truly remarkable but rather the way human beings act in the face of things that demand attention (environmental crisis, economic collapse, poverty, injustices, social woes) often turning a blind eye or thinking the government or someone else will take care of it or that God forbid "we're creating our reality". Of course we're creating it! But's it not because we imagined it into being from the lotus position. It's because we haven't been paying attention to the bigger picture in our insatiable appetite for more. Let's roll up our sleeves, turn off our TVs, start living together and feeding each other, start growing food, living with increased awareness and way less stuff.
Our life is shorter than flowers. Then shall we mourn?
No we shall dance, plant gardens, dress in colours and teach our children to make the world more beautiful.
Because our life is shorter than flowers.
~ from the Toltec Culture
Oren Lyons, Native-American Faithkeeper, Human Rights Advocate, Environmental Activist. "The law says if you poison the water, you’ll die. The law says that if you poison the air, you’ll suffer. The law says if you degrade where you live, you’ll suffer… If you don’t learn that, you can only suffer. There’s no discussion with this law."
Chris Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than fifty countries, and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times, where he was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years. He is author of several books including Empire of Illusion, Death of the LIberal Class and The World As It Is.
Derrick Jensen, author and environmental activist has published several books questioning and critiquing modern civilization and its values, including A Language Older Than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, and Endgame.
Some historical perspective?