Sunday, April 25, 2010

When your construction is destructive...

There was a time when I was made to prove climate change and the general damage to the biosphere of the planet to people. There is a factual side to it: Life on Earth is possible only because a number of parameters lay in certain very narrow ranges. Some of these are clearly environmental. The Earth has just the right temperature and pressure to have lived with water. – Stephen Hawking

There is another way to “prove” this. If you can invoke the right emotions in people you might achieve the same thing. Consider documentaries and products designed to raise awareness about nature conservation. You will notice that emotive words such as “home” instead of “ecosystem” and “birth” instead of “creation” are used. I find this kind of approach a lot more effective. A tool more powerful than human thought seems to be human feeling.

People are by nature opportunistic and selfish. So what does all this have to do with me? What that question asks is “How am I connected to the rest of the broader sense of the word life and the idea of nature?” These scientist guys seem to think we like to separate ourselves from nature; that it is in our culture to believe that we are superior and have been given dominion over other life forms. Maybe it makes us think we are more free and not held down by restrictions.

Whatever it is, this idea of isolation scares me. Little emo teens and pre-teens slitting their wrists behind closed doors don’t scare me. But the concept of not seeing a need to be involved with and give back to and feel connected by the world and all its elements does. Why do we suppress our reflex to feel?

We all have questions about who we are. We try to answer these questions by living life the way society expects us to. We create identities for ourselves as kids all through primary and high school. Then we graduate from universities and start working, at which point we are empowered to do whatever we choose to and we start questioning what it is we actually want. I believe the answer to this question always lies in the spiritual understanding of the self. We cannot separate our understanding of ourselves from our understanding of Him.

Is it just me or are we expected to think a lot more than we are expected to feel? In fact, thinking doesn’t even seem that important any more. Information is fed to us. RSS feeds, twitter, TV and Youtube is proof of this. Does this mean that we regard our experience of things, and in effect, our feelings about them, as irrelevant for the purpose of learning?

When we visit the mountains, when we sit by the river, when we gaze out at the stars, we feel more than we think don’t we? Don’t we feel a power we know we will never fully understand? Why don’t we feel like a part of the evidence of that power?

Feeling a seamlessness with the biosphere we live in is respecting the balance and all other forms of life, it’s feeling an intrinsic connection with the people we grow to love, it’s feeling a connection to God which, I believe will answer all our questions. I believe that the solution to so many of our problems lies in understanding the feelings within us that inspire the thought to drive the necessary change. The reason it has the power to inspire is because we all feel, on some level that the world we live in is a part of us. I want us to feel so much more.

Your Rocky Spine by Great Lake Swimmers inspired this.
With your soft fingers between my claws
Like purity against resolve
I could tell then, there, we were formed from the clay
And came from the rocks for the earth to display
They told me to be careful up there
Where the wind blows a venomous rage through your hair