Pondering the sorry state humans have made of our Earth Home
June 27, 2015
Pondering the sorry state humans have made of our Earth home… I was thinking about the cause and it came to me that many of those that make the decisions that adversely impact the environment.. live lives very dis-connected from Nature.. they live and work in climate controlled houses and offices with manicured lawn.. they relax in five star spas.. they often have more than one house.. I would say home, but home to me implies some connection to place.
I came across this Wendell Berry quote quite a number of years ago in William Least Heat Moon’s book Prairearth. It stuck with me.
Our present `leaders’ – the people of wealth and power – do not know what it means to take a place seriously: to think it worthy, for its own sake, of love and study and careful work. They cannot take any place seriously because they must be ready at any moment, by the terms of power and wealth in the modern world, to destroy any place.
Glancing through my e-mails this morning I came across this story. It connects with Berry’s quote… we have lost touch with the “Sacred Places.” In my wildland fire fighting days.. I travelled extensively throughout the West and Alaska.. I contemplated different places that I might like to live, though I always felt a keen attachment to the land of my birth.. here in the Magic Valley of Idaho. As I was waffling about where I might land a friend gave me a birthday card he had made… on it was a picture of a tipi and a Pawnee quote.. “Find a place that is sacred and fight for it.” and so I have.