Posts Tagged ‘civilization’

Machine vs Wild

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You are the wild

You are rivers, mountains, oceans and plains

You are laughter, tears, smiles and screams

You are song and dance, leap and play

Joy, sorrow, ecstasy and pain

Pattern and flow, rhythm and breath

Knowing, feeling, dreaming and being

You are journey and story

Blood and flesh

Fire and flood

Forest and earth, wind and rain

Colour and sound; a touch, a taste

You are magic.

Spirit.

Mystery.

Birth.

 

The machine is coming.

The machine will crush you.

The machine will destroy it all.

The machine is cancer.  It eats all life.

It is clear-cut forestry, open-cut mines,

Deep cuts in your soul, your skin, your heart.

It is billboards and malls.

Jobs and shopping, fear and debt.

It is prison, nation, poison.

Anxiety, addiction and lonely death.

Oil fields, refineries, wind farms and dams.

Schools and factories.

Cars, planes, highways and railways.

Thought and measurement.

Science.

Success.

 

You are the machine.

You are occupied.

You are worker, shopper, consumer, clone.

Headlines and deadlines.

Rules and clocks.

 

Yet something within you remembers the wild.

It’s in your blood, and in your heart.

In the eyes of beasts, and the light of the moon.

The wind, the waves, the music, the sound.

It draws you in, it brings you back.

 

The wild is calling.  Calling you home.

Calling you now to stop the machine.

You know how it works, you know how it stops.

The machine runs on electricity, money and oil.

It breaks at power plants, refineries, and ports.

You know what to do.

You know where to strike.

You know the way home.

 

You are the wild.

You are the beat of a drum, the beat of all hearts.

You are timeless and ageless, stillness and chaos.

You are animal.

You are Earth.

Home.

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Shark attack

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A shark. Photo from somewhere on the internet. Thanks internet.

News headline of the day: a man has been killed by a shark at Cottesloe Beach.  This is the fourth shark attack in Western Australia in seven months.  Authorities are out to destroy the shark, or any shark fitting the description of A Large Shark.

Why is this news?  If the man had been killed by a car, a machine in a factory, a war or a policeman, there would be no news.  Authorities would not go out to destroy all cars, machines, wars or policemen that fit the description.

Western culture has constructed a hierarchy.  Higher levels in the hierarchy may kill or enslave lower levels.  Lower levels may not challenge, and definitely not kill, those higher up.  The levels look something like this:

Banks

Machines

Corporations

Governments

Humans

Animals

Plants

Earth

The action of the shark defies the hierarchy.  It must therefore be destroyed.

Sharks are killed and eaten by humans on a daily basis.  This isn’t news.  It’s never mentioned.  People who eat shark probably aren’t even aware that’s what it is.

Let’s turn this hierarchy upside down.  Earth first, plants, animals, then humans who are aware of their place in nature.  Return to the natural order. Get rid of the top four levels altogether.  With Earth, plants and animals to lead and guide us, we have no need for them.

Despite all efforts to kill and enslave the Earth, it cannot be tamed.  Volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, droughts, floods and storms are a regular occurance.  The San Andreas Fault will bring a significant part of the civilization-machine crashing back to Earth.

Thank you, shark, for reminding us of our place in nature.