Out in the field, some birds had made a circle. There were sparrows and ravens. Bluejays, a few gulls. The sun was telling a story that the trees drew deep into the dreaming earth. Some robins and a crow. Some doves. They made a circle, ragged, but true. I couldn’t understand it. Something was in the middle. They didn’t make a sound, but they seemed to be arranging themselves in some order, around it. A person wouldn’t have seen anything there. Because, you see, a person cannot see that with which they are seeing. Something there. In the middle. Of the circle. Blind as hell.
There are faculties within us which will not suffer awakening or expression without the invitation of a guiding context of intelligence whose nature and character must border or intrude upon the divine.
We instinctively fear what we cannot manipulate or unmask, for we ourselves are masked, even to ourselves… yet our true excellence lies not in mastery or masquerade… but in mystery.
Nature is always naked.
“All of the time is happening at once, inside a tiny speck, but it’s in layers of speed, and what happens in each layer affects the others.”
— an anonymous child
Animals can sense a predator the way you can tell a doll isn’t a child. But in order to understand the threat represented by a -=machine=- the animal has to understand what the machine means. Even humans do not understand this; and thus, both animals and humans are perishing at the maw of a predator neither of them… can sense clearly enough to respond appropriately to.
Effectively, the environment is the ‘shock absorber’ for human activity, and, most particularly, economic and military activity. Since this is never examined, many if not most of the things we ‘get from the environment’ seem to be ‘free’. The source of most profit, however, lies hidden in environmental and organismal damage. That is to say, these costs (of acquisition or manufacture of goods, their transport, associated services, disposal, storage, etc.), as they are never accounted, can be -anything at all- and, generally, no one will take any notice. Therefore it should be obvious that the more desperate the political or economic situation, the less likely the environment and its anciently co-evolved constituents and relationships are to survive unscathed, or to survive at all. In fact, one can foment economic or political situations specifically to take advantage of this fact, and convert otherwise protected environments into rapidly expendable cash, which may then equate with nearly any other form of power for any end whatsoever.