Silent Spring Revisited

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Way back in the late sixties I picked up the book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. This immensely popular book had already laid the groundwork to an environmental movement that was soon to force the Nixon administration and Congress into action by getting tough on pollution.

Silent Spring was the impetus, the Clean Air/Water Acts as well as the new EPA department were the results. Those laws remain in effect today, but the EPA is sadly, because of the current administration, receiving huge efforts to neutralize it of all its power.

I recently purchased a new copy of the book. Seeing through the eye of time, I cannot believe the prophetic conclusions Rachel came up with all those years ago. She was right on in so many ways, and her book has been so well received, I am finding a hard time believing that we as a nation, are to this day, oblivious to the facts she presented so eloquently way back in 1962.

Today, President Trump is doing all he can to disable the water/acts and to neuter the EPA by putting clowns in control. This travesty of putting profit over the environment has disturbed me greatly and I wonder if we haven’t entered into a period of total insanity when it comes to the environment.

I am not a Trump basher, nor do I want to kill his head of the EPA as some do. I see these guys as men like the pharisees of old who. . . ‘knows not what they do’. I see them as ignorant fools, yes, but somehow they and their ilk need to be taught about the interconnections of all things in nature. They all need to take their eyes out of their wallets and read Silent Spring with an open mind . . . or we are all going to suffer intolerably if they don’t.

Following is a short comment by a man named Bill Graham that I found on the web as he critiques someone’s work. I thought enough of it to copy/paste it into this writing as I would have said much the same.

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I am a bit taken aback by the author’s myopic, and somewhat “reductionist”, view of Silent Spring. He fails to see Carson’s main contribution — begging for an awareness of connectivity in Nature. Her vision came long before the idea of systems biology and complex adaptive systems became well known by Western science. If one could summarize, Carson’s main message is that “everything is connected”.

Rachel Carson’s most powerful message was not about the dangers of harmful chemicals. Her strongest message came through many examples of how everything is connected. In the course of making her case for the harmful effects of DDT and other insecticides and weed killers, Carson skillfully defined the connections between various living creatures and their environment. Then she recorded man’s ignorance of these crucial connections. Carson became an early chronicler of the importance of connections in Nature. Some 50 years later, this idea has begun to take hold in the form of Systems Biology. The importance of Rachel Carson’s message concerning connections in Nature is reflected in a quote by her biographer, Linda Lear.

“I don’t think Rachel should be or would want to be credited with starting the environmental movement or banning pesticides. I think what she was hoping to do is raise the American consciousness about the natural world and our interconnection to it, instead of thinking we can control nature.”

Carson’s powerful, message was a precursor to a major paradigm shift in Western science. In her “Essay on the Biological Sciences” written in 1958 she said:

“Only within the 20th Century has biological thought been focused on ecology, or the relation of the living creature to its environment. Awareness of ecological relationships is — or should be — the basis of modern conservation programs, for it is useless to attempt to preserve a living species unless the kind of land or water it requires is also preserved. So delicately interwoven are the relationships that when we disturb one thread of the community fabric we alter it all — perhaps almost imperceptibly, perhaps so drastically that destruction follows.”

In “Silent Spring”, she offered many examples of man’s ignorance in tampering with Nature’s connections. My favorite is her description of how the U.S.Forest Service used chemical weed killers to kill sagebrush and substitute grasslands for cattle ranchers that leased government land. In her own words, Rachel Carson described this folly by our government:

“The earth’s vegetation is part of a web of life in which there are intimate and essential relations between plants and the earth, between plants and other plants, between plants and mammals…. It was no accident that the great plains of the West became the land of the sage. The bitter upland plains, the purple wastes of sage, the wild, swift antelope, and the grouse are then a natural system in perfect balance. ..One of the most tragic examples of our unthinking bludgeoning of the landscape is to be seen in the sagebrush lands of the West, where a vast campaign is on to destroy the sage (using weed killer) and substitute grasslands.

…it is clear that the whole closely knit fabric has been ripped apart. The antelope and the grouse will disappear along with the sage. The deer will suffer too… The spraying also eliminates a great many plants that were not its intended target. The sage was killed as intended. But, so was the green life-giving ribbon of willows… Moose had lived in these willow thickets, for willow is to the moose what sage is to the antelope. Beaver had lived there too, feeding on the willows, felling them and making a strong dam across the tiny stream. Through the labor of the beavers, a lake backed up. Trout in the lake thrived so prodigiously that many grew to five pounds. Waterfowl were attracted to the lake, also. But with the ‘improvement’ instituted by the Forest Service, the willows went the way of the sagebrush, killed by the same impartial spray. The moose were gone and so was the beaver. Their principal dam had gone out for want of attention by its skilled architects, and the lake drained away. None of the large trout were left. The living world was shattered.”

Due to human insensitivity and an ignorance regarding the interconnectivity in Nature, government funds are used to “manage” our environment and create ecological disasters. Rachel Carson started it all with “Silent Spring” by exposing the ignorance and the disastrous assumptions that biologists made about ecological interrelationships. She laid the foundation for an awareness of interrelationships in Nature. Her legacy is the new and more productive ways in which we can now holistically view Nature.

Bill Graham, September 26, 2012

This is serious stuff folks. If we don’t get smart and give nature a seat at the boardroom table . . . we are going to kill the natural interconnection of all things to the point of no return.

Personally I don’t think we will do much to stop the obvious conclusions. I think we are too stupid to see beyond our cell phones and CNN and FOX. I think it is too late for enough people to wake up to Rachel’s message in any number large enough to make a difference . . .  but I will try anyway.

 

State Of The Church

Q What do you mean by your statement that Christianity and other religions have had many years to prove themselves and yet all remains the same? 

A: Hmmmmm . . . now you have me thinking, . . . so in a somewhat disjointed and personal account I will tell you of my adventure into Christianity as well as why I chose to exit it.

First of all, we all come to Christ for a reason and many times that reason is different than others reasons.
In my hippie stage I experimented with LSD and because of those experiences I began to see things differently. In a very short time this elite airborne soldier from the projects did a complete reversal and morphed into a spiritual, caring, artistic type person. My come-to-Jesus moment came a couple years later.

I went into Christianity with a vision of unity among all men . . . Jesus was going to save the world . . . the killing would someday stop and peace would prevail . . . same stuff all Christians believe I suppose. . . . I soon realized that these well meaning people were lost in rules and look good, but meaningless doctrine . . . and going in circles. I learned through experience that it’s a hell of a lot easier to expound upon Jesus and worship him than it is to follow his teachings. And this is the crux of the matter and why I left the Christian church.

I never worried about being saved from my sins, or going to hell or heaven, or any of that stuff the church has build themselves on through the years. My concern was then and still is to this day . . . the unity of all men and their taking up the cause that I believe we were all created for in the first place. . . to be caretakers over this planet and all life upon it.

All the feel good, glory and prayers, and piles of bullshit don’t fit when I look around and see what we, the caretakers, have done to this planet in the name of greed. And really, if we can’t even TRY fulfilling that calling what the hell are we good for?

Jesus was a great TEACHER, perhaps the greatest ever. What is the goal of every great teacher concerning his students? Do they want worship? No. Do they want a class of students who have learned and excelled to greatness because of His teaching? Yes. (the works that I do you shall do greater because I go to the father)

I believe Jesus was a real guy who had a real message . . . the rest of the stuff can be argued, but it seems to me we should be more concerned about our duties as caretakers than whether we get to heaven or not. . . . especially when (as I believe) heaven is right here. . . . hell is right here. . . . this our place. There is no escaping it for a paradise in the sky.

We are far more than we have been taught. We have far more spiritual power than we have been taught. We are creators in our own right. Creation has given us our Heaven and we are quickly re-creating it into our Hell.

We have been kept down and in our place by those who have convinced us that we are unworthy and corrupted. Sinners in need will never take up the banner and charge the hill, they are only good for the local bar and the telling of war stories.

I have found this work must be done from within and all the ‘show and no go’ does little but keeps us in the prison house of doubt.

I have dedicated my future life to myself and my reawakening to the mission. (that mission is as different to each man as his fingerprints) I am learning my mission as I go and I am committed to it with all my strength of soul. . . . (that’s what I mean when I say the lone trail) that’s why I say the church is going in circles and all religion has fallen short of the calling. The call to arms is not the call to prayer and devotion . . . it is the call to arms.

Anyway that should answer your question. 🙂

Salvation . . .

You: What does it mean to be saved?

Me: That depends upon your religious affiliation, but as a rule the Christian church teaches that Jesus Christ willingly gave up his life as a sacrifice for your sins, and by your acknowledgement of that sacrifice you have been freed from the curse of sin and death. It teaches that Heaven is reserved for those who die in the faith . . . Hell is reserved for those who don’t.

Christian doctrine accepts a convert as they are and promises them a new life where they will be forgiven of past sins and become a new person as they live under the living word of God and His bible. In time the simplicity of that message created the largest and most powerful religion known to man. People flocked to the Mother church and her teachings by the millions.

When I was a younger man I know I did. I was at the end of my rope. I needed help from somewhere. Jesus was there, free and open armed, for me. I was born again in a local church and as long as I remained in good standing with the church and it’s doctrine I was guaranteed a place at the table when I got to Heaven. Heady stuff for a guy who had absolutely no religious affiliation whatsoever, and it worked great for a couple of years . . . BUT . . . (more…)

The Art Of Discussion

debateHow many times have you read “no religion or politics” when looking at the membership rules in a web forum? I mean, you can talk about lots of other things, but two of the most important issues facing us in this life is considered taboo? . . . What’s up with that? Any talk concerning our spiritual well being . . . taboo. Any talk concerning the governing of our physical well being . . . taboo. These two categories are still, even in this supposedly enlightened country, considered unsafe because they always end up causing a heated argument . . . why?  (more…)

The Power

Q: What do you mean when you say we humans are very powerful? I certainly don’t feel that way.

A: First of all, you must realize I am not talking about PHYSICALLY powerful. Actually, when put up against the rest of the mammalian world, we are not at all physically powerful . Actually for our size we are one of the weakest beings in all of creation.

Think of our first ancestors living conditions and you can see quite easily that a lot of the fear we project, even today, is justified. Early man trying to live on prehistoric tundra must have been scared shitless most of the time because everything loved the taste of his blood. How we ever survived at all must be considered a huge overcoming.

Of course, unlike other species on this planet, we are not left to instinct alone. Our brains are also hard wired into the universal mind. Call it what you will, (God, evolution, etc.) but we humans are able to receive and act upon instruction from an outside source. Had that not been true and we had been forced to rely upon instinct alone, we would have gone extinct eons ago. Power comes to us in the form of creative imagination, reason, and the ability to change direction mid stream by choosing an entirely different course of action.

On the downside, because of latent herding instincts and fear of the unknown, we are easily conned. Alongside that, place a total lack of spiritual understanding and we become weakened to the point of giving our minds away to the first usurper who can convince us that he knows best because he is smarter than us . . . or wealthier . . or God’s chosen  . . . or a zillion other scams.

These brain eaters walk among us in large wolf-like packs and are willing to do whatever it takes to get their hands on our brains. They are hungry and when dumbed down enough, we are more than willing to feed our fear ridden souls to them.

Our great shame comes in not understanding WHY we have been created with this power in the first place. We have many answers and reasons for our advanced state of being, but are any of them correct? If it sounds good it has to be true right?

The brain eaters tell you that you are the chosen, the anointed ones, the sons of God, the special, the elite . . . all sorts of things, they tell you everything except WHY you are here to begin with.

And why is that?

In my opinion [as well as deep belief] we were created with a larger and more advanced brain mass only because our Creator needed a caretaker he could talk to, a caretaker who could understand and fulfill his command to love, honor, and cherish this natural creation as if it were His/our own . . . because it is.

I must also say, that although the gifted promise was great . . . our actions upon it have been horrendous, and because of them, we are destroying this natural garden and creating a hell for ourselves. Does anybody ever stop to think that maybe this is our heaven and that story about dying and going anywhere else is bullshit?

What if we just happen to find ourselves right back here again? The way we are going, next time it may just be a nuclear waste dump . . . won’t that be a fun time?

Following are a few verses in the Christian bible where God pretty much includes everything and everybody into His wrath because of their idolatrous nature.

Romans 1:18-32

King James Version (KJV)

  1.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
  1.  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
  1.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Ok, let’s pretend I’m God and I’m trying to tell you guys something, but you’re aggravating me because you’re not listening.

ME: Ok guys look here. This planet I made is for you. Now the reasons why I made it is none of your business, but I want you to know what I expect you to do with it.

YOU: Oh most holy God we could never understand the glory and the greatness and the wonder and . . .

ME: Shut up and listen to me will you?! This is important! I need your full and undivided attention here.

YOU: silence

ME: Creating a physical presence out of spiritual nothingness is tricky business, but I am very proud to say I have accomplished it. This planet is one beautiful place . . . but it is not perfect. That part I left up to you guys.

Now, listen up. The reason I created you guys in the first place is that I need you to be my caretakers . . . your duties will be to TAKE CARE of everything I made and keep it in order.

That means everything that is alive. You also have been given the power to create. That means this whole project can become your heaven or if you go stupid on me . . . your hell.

YOU: Oh thank you great and wonderful and wise and holy . . .

ME: You guys testing me?? . . . Now, the way it works is that everything that is alive is ME . . . just take my word for it . . . that means as you study the environment, the flora, the fauna, and all the creeping things and all the animals . . . you are studying, and getting to know, ME.

This is the only way we can communicate and the only way we will ever communicate. You cannot come to me because I AM already here. I am also YOU.

When you are asked my name by your children and your children’s children just tell them I AM . . .

Ok . . . I love you, I will always be with you . . . now get busy!

YOU: Oh thank you great and wonderful and wise and holy . . .

ME . . . (silence). . . . . . . .

YOU: GOD!! Where are you?? . . . Quick, set up an altar! Pray . . .Pray! . . . Pray!! . . . WHERE IS HE?

We are so afraid! Hurry we must subdue this planet . . . Kill all these animals and sacrifice them . . . Get rid of these damn trees!

OH MY GOD! WE forgot what He said already . . . Quick, write a book! . . . Build a temple! . . . We need an image! . . . We need something or someone to worship! . . . we need . . . We Need . . . WE NEED!!

Off in the distance a cloud formed dark and ominous and full of lightning and thunder. It grew until it encompassed the entire ocean. It moved inland towards the frightened caretakers as they bowed before their altars and prayed for deliverance.

The cloud burst upon them and pummeled them with rain for forty days and forty nights until every vestige of humanity had been erased off the planet. Man had once again drowned in his own ignorance. . . . by his own choice.

God wept, but soon He began again.

 

Thich Nhat Hanh

One of the few men I truly admire on this planet. Unlike so many, here is a man who actually walks within his words.

by Thich Nhat Hanh: The Order of Interbeing (Tiep Hien) was formed by the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh in the mid-1960’s… at a time when the Vietnam War was escalating and the teachings of the Buddha were desperately needed to combat the hatred, violence, and divisiveness enveloping his country. On the full moon day…

via The 14 Principles Of Engaged Buddhism – Thich Nhat Hanh — Awaken

If Your Thoughts And Intentions Can Do This To An Apple, Imagine What They Can Do To Your Body — EWAO

Following is proof to what many of us have been saying about the connection of all things and the power of our thoughts over them, individually as well as corporately. Talking kindly to your plants, hugging a tree, sharing only good thoughts . . . this is not silly stuff. This is absolutely essential stuff that we should ALL be doing, and BETTER be doing if we desire any actual change in the direction this country is going.

If I were given the opportunity to teach my grown kids one thing over. I would teach them at the earliest age about the building blocks of their own abilities and I would lighten up on the religious stuff. I would teach all three of them that they are powerful spiritual entities bearing great responsibility towards the workings on this planet. I would teach them that their lives will be a direct result of their everyday thoughts and that there is no excuse or way out for them. When they choose evil thinking they suffer evil things. When they choose good, they receive good things. It is really that simple.

I must remind myself every morning during my meditation time of this very truth, and I must do all I can to remember NOT to strike back and think evil against anybody. Though I often fail I must continually remind myself every moment of every day, to be kind in every circumstance. . . and so should you.

You might already know that your thoughts are powerful. But one thing is to hear about it, and another is to understand how your thoughts actually create your reality! An excellent documentary called What the Bleep Do We Know!? explains the power behind our thoughts. It explores how matter is not solid in the way…

via If Your Thoughts And Intentions Can Do This To An Apple, Imagine What They Can Do To Your Body — EWAO

On The Road To Evermore

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As I gaze upon your radiant soul
You live on that faraway plane.
And I see great difficulty adjusting
To this heavy vibration again.

To do-to do
To go-to go
Oh where-oh where?
You do not know.

Like the rest of us who congregate
Upon this plane of pain
You balance between the hall of greatness
And the home of the insane.

What’s your name? What’s your game?
And what is mine as well?
Who will stop to listen?
Who will shun the call to Hell?

A voice that cries within the void
Having no one there to hear.
Will those words just float away
Will they disappear?

The helping hand of our Mother Earth
Reaching down to ease our pain.
Finds rejection for all it’s worth
Again-and again-and again.

But Her teachings are eternal
And her teachings never go.
For they bear the keys to God’s back door
They share His Word via nature’s glow.

Does anyone even hear us? Is anyone even near us?
Does anyone even notice when we shout and scream?
Has the gulf between us grown so wide
They see us living in a dream?

Do they never faintly fain awareness
As they walk their streets of gold?
And they blindly follow fairy tails
That they’ve been told since days of old?

Streets of gold – streets of gold vibrating heavily
Upon a plane of heavenly crud
Mixed in a sea of heavenly mud
Created by the gushing of our Mother’s blood.

What to do? What to do? As we move upon this distant shore
And long for the road to Evermore.
And the keys to unlock their stubborn door.
And welcome them to the land of Evermore. . . for ever more.

Living In The Moment

Q:  What does it mean to be in the moment?

A:  Well, to me living my life in the moment is the only time I am actually alive, any other time past or present is either over and gone or sitting somewhere in the future waiting to arrive.

The past, it lies behind you

The future lies ahead

Live in the moment or

live amongst the dead.

The past it lies behind you:

Living in the past in the physical sense is like this:   When I was a young man I was strong and agile. I was superman. I could almost fly. When I became an old man I quickly realized I was no longer that person and would have been a fool to try to be. . .  Today I must live with the reality that I have weakened to a great extent. I still work out, but now it’s to keep my bones and ligaments agile. Although I still think I can fly, I know better than to try. . . . Same thing for a woman trying to carry the beauty of her youth into old age, it don’t work. There is a special beauty that is reserved for the aged she will never know as long as she lives in the past. That’s living in the moment in the physical.

Living in the past in the spiritual sense is like this:  I did some really bad stuff when I was younger that could have tied me up in guilt forever. My spiritual growth has also been stunted by lust, greed, and selfishness. I have hurt people and been hurt in return. I have struck out when a simple turn away would have been better.

Had I held onto past grievances and brooded over them for long periods of time they would have very soon become my best friends and I would still, at 75, be holding onto them. Though they were long past, and completely out of my control I would still honor them in my remembrance. Thankfully I have learned not to hold onto my past mistakes and erroneous ways and to recognize them for what they were. Growth lessons.

The future lies ahead:

It is imperative that each of us realizes that we personally have a whole lot to say say about what our future will hold for us. We are not just poor souls grasping onto dead logs as they float down the river of life, we are powerful souls piloting our own ships, and we have total control when it comes to buffeting the waves and circumventing the whirlpools. We quite literally create our futures by the things we do and say in the present.

Live in the moment or live among the dead:

That’s pretty much the way it is . . . the present is the only place we have control. Therefore, although it is a struggle to do so, it must be done.