Pearls of Wisdom
Look how far we have come from the days of simple nomadic hunter-gathers on the plains of some distant continent, a place most of us have no connection with, like some lost link that we are forever seeking to re-discover. This loss is similar to the longing for a deceased or absent parent; the child yearning for that deep biological connection is quite similar to present day humans craving that reconnection with that lost continent, the home that we left, the primal land, the beginning or what you would call the Alpha Point.
How different we must have been in these days long ago when we traveled with the seasons and the cycles of nature. We paid attention to the ground under our feet, the seasons and how they felt; the signs from nature were heeded and nature was our single most important teacher. She taught us through natural consequence, she presented evidence, think about the label that we have given nature, we personify her as “Mother Nature”, she was our mother, we were birthed from her, and Gaia is the name of our universal mother. Gaia was the one who birthed all, she is the plurality, she is the pleroma, she contains all of the opposites, she does not judge, she goes about her course without restraint and she gave us life, this blue marble that we sit on right at this moment is part of the mother or Gaia.
Nature provided for us, it gave us what we needed, there was a direct sense of a relationship; what we needed came from the earth itself, picked by us, by our own hands. We were involved in an intimate feedback loop with Nature itself and this connection was just as deep as is a connection between and child and its parents. Now that connection is tarnished, lost or decaying, we resort to factory farming, bio-engineering and shopping at brightly lit and festive supermarkets where everyone is angry, depressed or empty.
Humans now resemble lost puppies running around a large open space, we are astray, we are aimless, looking for our masters, we are puzzled, wandering, wondering where they have gone. In the process of “progressing and developing” it seems we have lost something, something vital and numinous that was tied into our being or our psyche in the early stages of our existence. I wonder what it must have been like to witness the great Zodiacal Light of Milky Way galaxy every night, (weather-permitting of course), how that must have looked, that power coming from the sky at night, a guide, a teacher, now most of our children see only a few stars in the skies at night, that beauty has been destroyed. Now we look up and see only a reflection of what most of us feel, a black, inky void, absent of majesty and power. This destruction of our connection with life around us is evolving at a frightening pace; the disconnection is becoming ever more powerful even as you read this sentence.
When we look at ourselves at this present moment in time, what do we see about ourselves as a group, as a collective group, what negative behaviors do we possess as a species, how is the family changing over time, how has the fabric of society or the world changed, look at the composition of cities and towns, clumps of people scattered around nodes of “progress” and in-between are the rural areas which are likely to be less populated. Much has changed since we were early people navigating through life, actually everything has changed, except us; we still have the same faculties that we had 50,000 years ago, roughly about the same brain and the same body. Our brain is stuck in the year 48,000 BC but it is 2015 AD, do you now see part of the dilemma? An old soul in a new world, a stranger in a strange land, trying to navigate and mitigate the woes we have created with all of our progress.
Nuggets of Dirt
Cory Ian Shafer