Human Family & Fruitfulness; Setting
A respected reader is indignant; feels tricked by the lyrical; refuses to read the segue to what war is imposing on planetary health.
She feels I should have led in with war depredations, and followed with tales of redemption, rather than the reverse order.
But the disturbing info presented is not new; it's simply shunned, hence my easing into it.
Two juxtaposed life choices, as our global Zeitgeist grows less oblivious to repercussions. Gardens & community, or wasteland? What'll it be?...
Farmers and elders and impassioned young folks are planting gardens and orchards, a dream of Eden. A dream of four-season gardening, community and local prosperity.
We roll up our sleeves and re-discover the world of forest and watershed, deep earth and life worth living.
I've pondered early photos of the Holy Land, a land of olive groves, fruit trees and shepherds. Some of the olive trees, as at Gethsemane, date back to the time of Christ, and have fed families for countless generations.
Apartheid bellicosity is bulldozing and setting fire to olive groves, and the new trees planted to replace them.
Earth guardians protect; they replant.
The passion of conquering obliterates common humanity, for war profiteering and wasteland. In the larger "sand box" arena, anything goes, in order to control:
Opium poppies, museum plunder and oil pipelines.
Even a half-life of 4.5 billion years can be justified by pathologies of power, destroying nations with depleted uranium or DU.
Let's bunker-buster; let's telecast thrilling fireworks of "Shock & Awe" as ancient (populated) cities are laid waste.
Never mind the unborn, or dust storms and the Jet Stream.
Parents of children of invaded countries and DU-exposed war veterans are trying to cradle:
Cheney-hissing-in-the-night is recipient, at age 71, of a heart transplant. Curious, these transplants. Medical anecdotes mention personality anomalies after heart surgery, a transfer of the likes and dislikes of the donor.
Perhaps from one who lived a heart-centered life? A watershed moment.
It may be that we're about maxed out on leaders who do harm, whatever the toothy smile and presentation.