The world's in such a mess it's easy to fall into despair. The verdict from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is that we have 12 years to prevent irreversible destructive changes in the environment.
What is 'the environment' anyway? It's not as if humans are centre stage against a background. 'The environment' is life itself, your human life, a natural phenomenon, made up of chemical elements. Earth, air, fire and water - it's all going to become untenable.
Is there any point in doing anything at all? Is it not best to just stick to Netflix and wait for the apocalypse to arrive?
There's a state of depressed apathy afoot, and the phenomenon of dispersed responsibility. In this case it couldn't get much more dispersed, as every human being on the planet's involved! It's easy to imagine that brighter, richer, more powerful people than you will solve the problem.
Ordaining improvements to the way things are won't be enough, though, what is needed is a paradigm shift, which involves everybody. This will probably only come about when the breakdown of any pretence of society as we know it happens. When we become actors in the movie and not spectators.
And in the midst of all this, here we are at terrealuma, crowdfunding, asking for your money to build a road into our land, where we're creating a healing refuge for a relative handful of people to enjoy. What's the point?
The point is that paradigm shift. Things have to be done properly now. We need to stop and pay attention to the world we live in down to the last detail, and look after the earth equally for the earth and for ourselves, because ultimately there's no difference. We're not using the earth so that we can eat better vegetables, or using wild plants to heal our bodies, we are participating in the whole life-system with our full attention.
Full attention is love.
And nobody can do this alone. Money's a resource too, there's plenty of it. Of course it can be used to drive the compulsive consumption that's killing us, the mentality that makes us think the 'environment' is there to be taken, owned, accumulated. As if we could buy ourselves a way out of being part of it, of living and dying.
But money can also flow in life-giving directions, to bring food to the hungry, and healing, and freedom. Watching the little streams trickle into the crowdfunding pot, from complete strangers, and pool there, awaiting direction, I feel the power there is in numbers, in the snowflakes making up an avalanche, in individuals deciding not to zone out but to act and do one small thing.
Terrealuma is a small piece of heaven on earth and we are going to do the next small thing, and the next, until we can make it fully open to people in need irrespective of how much money they have, and we're going to keep going for just as long as we can.
If this resonates with you at all, please consider making a small donation, or a big donation, or just sharing the crowdfunding link below. Thank you!
here is Paragita, the song we recently released, as Tambulus:
and to see what we're up to on the farm: