As I sit here in my office, I look out at a backyard bathed in a clear blue sky. The little black birds jostle with one another for space at the bird-bath, and my neighborhood squirrels move around the yard with tails twitching faster than the trio of cats on my side of the window taking in the scene with me. In about a half-hour, I will strap on my tennis shoes and join the birds and squirrels in the matter of enjoying this nice spat of weather.
Lately, my mind has wandered over and over to the manner in which we – the human beings on this planet – take care of our planet. Or more precisely, the way we do not. We consume natural resources like frat boys guzzling beer at a party. Trees, fossil fuels, the air, even the most precious commodity of clean water…human beings use each of these resources as either the fuels to power addictions to products of consumerism or as convenient dumping grounds for the wasteful by-products that are created from that. Media claims to provide information to the consumers of its product, but in the end, its merely a manner in which to place advertisements in front of potential consumers. The campaigns push the subliminal concept of more is better, more powerful is better, bigger is better – and who really cares what all of this does to our environment? Schtako, when we’re done with this planet – NASA will have already found another one for us to move towards – where we can start our living cycle all over again, and find new resources to utilize and deplete. That cycle of USING needs to be stopped. I have no crystal ball for the future…but I certainly would hate to see the human race become just what Agent Smith tells Morpheus in the movie “The Matrix”:
I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure.
I’m not sure how anyone else feels about this. I know exactly how I feel. Its why I traded in my beloved Ford Ranger pickup for my Subaru Forester. Its why I agonized over the choice of a Forester against that of a Prius V. I want to be a better steward of my planet. Its why I carry a bag with me when I go walking, and pick up any trash I see. Its why I am looking at insulating my home in the next few weeks to increase the efficiency. Sure, my heating bill will go down – but so will my electrical usage too….removing some of the strain on an already over-maxed grid-system. Its why I buy only wind-energy from my electrical company – and why I research where they get their energy from – to keep them honest. Its why I have looked into getting solar panels for the roof of my home – and would be only the second house in my area to have done so. I want to be a better steward of my planet.
Sure. I am only one person. I totally GET that. Sure, I have friends that call me an Eco-Nut. I need only remind them that being a “tea-bagger” has more repugnant meaning than they believe it to. But I do know this: for any of this to matter, you have to get up from your keyboard and get outside. Gods-damnit folks, being a Pagan has never been about being indoors where your hands are clean. Its ALWAYS been about being outdoors, your hands in the dirt, your feet on the trails….and being the good steward of your local environment. Paganism is classified as a Nature Religion….and its Nature where its adherents need to be. You don’t need to be getting nekkid and dancing around a campfire to a group of drummers pounding out a beat. If that scene IS for you – more power to you. Enjoy that! For others who don’t — get outside. Visit the places where Nature is. Just because you are in the middle of a city does not mean that you cannot find Nature. Its right there at the local park. Its not wild like a forest is, but it IS Nature!!
…and on that note — I need to strap on some tennis shoes, and get my Jason’s Deli bag from last night for any trash. Its Paganism! Get out and get dirty!! /|\