not just government reps, big govs at that
. . . no, ASK EVERYONE –
where are we ?
where do we want to go ?
so, how do we get there ?
and my head begin to feel
i’d look upon the world anew
and know what’s truly real
~ van morrison
sorry, shemovesme bros & sisters
again been awhile, words not coming too easy
ok, forget-yrs all my own sure are catching up
but these site pdfs having problems all their own
so, better & better ma’s own breaking mornings
they bring back wifeling from her late surgeries
best to start another new morning here too
yes, let’s all do get going again
doc reeves, doc suzuki, and us
friends john & georgia just back from canada
happily telling me of their visit to montreal’s botanical garden
email about SPACE FOR LIFE via one beautiful video
do have a look . . .
( CLICK IT HERE, re-click on Vimeo’s site, come back to review )
so here’s some of it, staying from hearing it all . . .
David Suzuki, Vancouver –, geneticist, science communicator, environmentalist
. . . for 99% of the time we’ve been here on earth, we knew we were a part of nature
dependent on nature, so everyone worshiped nature, called the earth our mother
all of these green things on earth that are doing this exchange for us, all of that possible because life captures the energy of the sun and gives that to us
Hubert Reeves, Montreal – , astrophysicist, science communicator
. . . we once thought of humans separate from animals, now coming to realize
yes, we’re all in the same boat
so vital of us to protect nature, not seeing to dominate it
an example is our fish: today’s fishing techniques are so difficult ( for them )
we’re taking 2x as many fish out of the water as are reproducing naturally
the question of what we’ll be eating in 30 years is a serious one
. . . our move to the sixties was the fundamental break
there, our highest work is our job, to make money, to buy the things we want
economy become our highest priority
meantime, the very economy is built on the biosphere not connected to money
we forget that we here are still part of the natural world
. . . coming into history 100,000 years ago, people were coming out of africa
where things got harder for people protecting themselves from wild brands
no weapons, no big teeth, no fast running
except for their intelligence humans poorly equipped for life in prehistoric era
now their intelligence is working against them
once helping them survive, poor management of their intelligence
threatens human survival today
our intelligence is both blessing & curse
100,000 years ago it allowed us to survive
today it threatens us & our children
. . . the most critical element: we will only save what we love
today we grow children who spend the least time outside
if “i don’t have to go outside for weeks!” how can we fish ?
or even protest for earth or ocean when we do not care !
when i go i was not able to save the world, but i want to tell my children & grandkids
i tried my best; that’s all you can do
we act today as if money & things are the most important things and they are not
it’s the relationships with other people and the things we do together
let’s stop celebrating dead people
let’s celebrate nature, stop celebrating ourselves
for my grandchildren it is a very uncertain world
that really makes me angry !
the party’s over
now we have to start
so if you care about nature
don’t worry about the planet
follow your heart !
environmentalism isn’t a specialty
it’s a way of seeing the world
fall in love with nature
get outside !
get out of your car !
here in central florida just getting back to normal
been a week today. we’re ok
only back yard’s still a mess
out of power 3 o’clock last sat
gosh, while irma just started with low rain
out next 2 nights, 2 days
our old house came by ok
no window, no roof loss
we’re out no water or nat gas loss
not so up the road in woody deland
friends still out – no elec-gas-water
thanks not there. even so much worse that far below
well irma, you’re one real livelihood
. . . you working for ma ?
did try to tell us something ?
. . . about time to hear it & tell it, this money life of ours attempting to take it all
what a story !
do get the chance to see it in full, as we just did
this morning wifeling adele & i again with our saint-of-the-day
in robert ellsberg’s best 1995 all saints
seattle, chief of the suquamish ( 1786-1866 )
( via chief seattle’s message in power of the people,
eds robert cooney and helen michalowski )
we’re so touched. adele says, gotta call him to thank you
so right away that she does, all the way to MARYKNOLL
secretary puts him right away on. adele can’t believe it
thank you, thank you, daily-bob !
so here, what we just read, is this holy day . . .
Seattle was born in a Suquamish village along Puget Sound, sometime around 1786. As a child he witnessed the arrival of the first whites in the Northwest. They were trappers and traders who did not come to stay. But for Seattle and his people, it was the beginning of irrevocable change.
In his early twenties, Seattle was named the chief of his tribe. By this time the early white visitors had opened the way for an ever-increasing stream of settlers. It fell to Seattle to set a strategy for dealing with these invaders and their insatiable claims. Seattle rejected the option of violent resistance and put his trust in the possibilities of peaceful dialogue. But as the full intentions of the whites became clear, his goal was reduced simply to ensuring the survival of his people.
In 1830 Seattle and many of the Indians in Puget Sound converted to Christianity. As a leader of his people he tried to integrate the principles of his faith with the beliefs of his ancestors. But with each passing year it seemed that his traditional world was growing smaller. Ultimately, Seattle came to believe that the struggle with the whites really represented the contrast between conflicting spiritual values. In particular, the Indians and the whites held to completely different understandings of the relationship between human beings and the earth.
The whites considered the land something to be bought and sold. As Seattle observed,
How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us … Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people … We are part of the earth and it is part of us.
In 1855 Seattle signed the Port Elliott Treaty, which trasferred ancestral Indian lands to the federal government and established a reservation for Native American tribes in the Northwest region. The alternative, he believed, was the extinction of his people. But he took the opportunity to address a letter to President Franklin Pierce. It is a haunting and prophetic document, often cited today by the proponents of ecology. It certainly does reflect Seattle’s profound ecological imagination, as well as the spiritual vision in which it was rooted:
We know that the White Man does not understand our ways. One portion of the land is the same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs. The earth is not his brother, but his enemy, and when he has conquered it, he moves on.
One thing we know, which the White Man may one day discover -our God is the same God. You may think now that you own Him as you wish to own your land; but you cannot. He is the God of humanity, and his compassion is equal for the red man and the white. The earth is precious to him, and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its Creator … Even the white man cannot be exempt from the common destiny. We may be brothers after all. We shall see.
Chief Seattle died on June 7, 1866, on the Port Madison Reservation near the city which today bears his name.
thank you seattle ! thank you robert, robert, helen, and more
after all that, sure gotta find more . . .
here, have a look at danish manisha’s own beautiful, first music video of the same story