Go Green - Now?

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by JR Hager II
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Leaf Yin Yang

by JR Hager II
by JR Hager II | Source

Going Green Now .......

.....after all this time of poking fun, demoralizing, name calling, putting in jail, condemning, killing, burning at the stake, and brain-washing those that were living 'green' all along - makes one wonder, after crying, if we will ever learn. And if we keep it up there won't be anybody worthy enough to learn from.

Whats the 'now' going to do, now, besides being politically correct?

If you're reading this, you, your children, even their children won't be alive to see any recovery anyway. So why bother? Why worry? Why change the horrendously bad treatment we have been giving this blessed Earth - in exchange for our existence - no less.

We had our chance but we chose business as usual - aka: waiting for a sign from on high, a miracle to save our ass from early extinction. As if we're any different from the rest of the poor animals that we either fatted our belly with and over hunted, or recklessly poisoned without any respect. -And we're supposed to be the smartest, and soooo evolved to perfection. Why is it we never learn from our mistakes?

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Wake up .....

.....we came from the wilderness, the jungle, the un-civilization. Our problem is that we turned our back on her, and thought we could somehow do 'it' on our own; with just prayer and our deity in our back pocket, hanging from our neck, and with our political conviction. And we were encouraged to rape the land as we saw fit, over feed and overgrow, and destroy cultures that stood in our way; just because of our cockamamie idea that it was our manifest destiny.

The main reason Queen Isabella sent Columbus over the 'pond' was for a faster trade rout to Asia to get the much needed supplies. They, like the rest of Europe, that soon followed, were running out of the necessities of life and needed to find more and 'stock-up.' Now we're in the same boat, but with nowhere 'new' to go, and no civilizations to conquer; at least ones that aren't ready for us and not aware of our selfish tactics. We should have continued to simply worship the Sun, instead of putting other gods before It. (what would we have without It) Pity we can't amend the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule to say: Do unto others, plants, animals and the Earth, as we would have them do unto us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, "The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphor, because the whole of Nature is a metaphor of the human mind."

In this sense all languages lean toward the wild world. The Owl sounds like an Owl, 'Owling in the dark.' A river "splashes" waterily on our tongue as much as on a riverbank. All languages have long aspired to echo the wild world that gave them growth. The words for creatures are imitations of their calls and the way they look. Language is the very voice of the trees, the waves, the forests.

The city represents law and order (the word police derives from the Greek word polis, meaning "town") while the "villains" dwell in the lawless wild of nature outside. The word villain (a Middle English variant of villein, "peasant") once meant a rustic, and the root of the word is in villa - originally the word was merely a simple description of where someone dwelled. The word gradually shifted, coming to mean criminal.

The ideal of the city was partialy founded on St. Augustine's City of God, and christianity has long preferred, with extreme prejudice, the city to Nature. Cities were the home of bishops, the whole of Brasilia was laid out in the shape of a cross, and christianity used cities as a demonstration of it's triumph over Nature. Wild Nature was associated with downright evil, and words originally denoting living in the country (health dwelling, or living in a pagus, or small village) were turned into the derogatory terms meaning heathen and Pagan.

The idea of "civilization," too, has long been opposed to the wilderness. "The principal task of civilization is to defend us against nature," wrote Sigmund Freud.

Today it is Nature that needs defending against civilization.


The word savage - used so often to insult people of the land - comes from silvaticus (of woods or trees) from silva, a wood. In the Amazon, the forest is called la selva, while salvaje, the Spanish word literally meaning, "person of the forest," is used to mean savage and is a frequent term of abuse. Wild lands are uncultivated and the people of the land are uncultured.

"Today my people see their land invaded by missionaries, their forests destroyed, their animals exterminated and their hearts lacerated by this brutal weapon called civilization." -a Kaingang woman of South America

"We are the children of the forest, what need have we to be afraid of it? We are only afraid of whats outside of the forest. The forest is our home; when we leave the forest, or the forest dies, we shall die. We are the people of the forests." -Pygmies of the Ituri Forest in the North West Congo

"We owe .... kindliness to other creatures: there is an intercourse and mutual obligation between them and us." -Michel de Montaigne

"From the forest we learned democracy - every species has it's place." -Vandana Shiva

"We believe that animals are our equal." -Black Elk of the Lakota people

"We don't chop down the trees... but the white man plow up the ground, pull up the trees, kill everything ... the spirit of the land hates them. They blast out our trees and pollute our water....how can the spirit of the Earth like the white man?" -a Yanomami Shaman from Brazil


"I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood." -George Carlin

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