but individual parts of the same organism,
with responsibility to each other.
~Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
And the people stayed home.
And read books, + listened, + rested, + exercised,
+ made art, + played games, + learned new ways of being, + were still.
And listened more deeply.
Some meditated, some prayed, some danced.
Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed.
And in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless,
+ heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, + the people joined together again,
they grieved their losses, + made new choices, + dreamed new images,
+ created new ways to live + heal the earth fully,
as they had been healed.
Let your children grow up to be farmers.
Let them know what it is like to be free from fluorescent lights and laser pointer meetings. Let them challenge themselves to be forever resourceful and endlessly clever.
Let them whistle and sing loud as they like without getting called into an office for “disturbing the workforce.”
Let them commute down a winding path with birdsong instead of a freeway’s constant growl.
Let them be bold.
Let them be romantic.
Let them grow up not having to ask another adult for permission to go to the dentist at 2 p.m. on a Thursday.
Let them get dirty.
Let them cry at the beauty of fallow earth they just signed the deed for.
Let them bring animals into this world, and realize they don’t care about placenta on their shirt because they no longer care about shirts.
Let them wake up during a snowstorm and fight drifts at the barn door instead of traffic.
Let them learn what real work is.
Let them find happiness in the understanding that success and wealth are not the same thing.
Let them skip the fancy wedding.
Let them go.
Let them go home.
on a journey toward zero-waste, simplicity, + compassion :: daring to choose fair one choice at a time