“This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” -Chief Seattle
How do you feel today? Any aches or pains, sniffles, teary eyes or back problems? How about the big health issues: diabetes, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus or Parkinson’s? Still have all your teeth cavity free; eyes strong; hair still on top of your head; hearing sharp; taste buds sensitive; smell acute? Any hip pain; knee issues; neck strain; vertigo; anxiety; panic; depression? What was the last diagnosis you received just before the prescription pad came out and the doctor proscribed a list of pharmaceuticals for you to take? Anyone mention diet, exercise, organic, whole foods diet? Did your doctor suggest that you watch out for all the pharmaceuticals and fluoride in your drinking water; oh, yeah, and to knock off the after work chlorine bath soaks? Were you clued in to how your County’s air pollution is causing your asthma, bronchitis or lung cancer?
As the mainstream, conservative media spins scientific research to appear we live in a toxic-lite environment, our communities have become a cesspool of disease and environmental distress. The air, water, soil, and plants we depend upon for our very survival dictate the health of all living species. There is no longer anywhere to run to escape the pollution we have created. Mother Earth is the macrocosm and all living species are the microcosm; her sickness is our sickness. Dr. Wally Burnstein, D.O., founder of Food and Water Inc., diagnosed humanity as “destroying our future while we’re still alive. So essentially, we are the vertically ill. The horizontally ill are in bed, you know they’re sick; the vertically ill are walking around, we are walking around and we’re sick, we’re as sick as the people lying in bed because our genes are destroyed, our DNA is destroyed, our future is destroyed, we’re walking around with chronic illnesses, caused by a sick and polluted environment. We are absolutely the most frail, fragile species the earth has ever seen.”
Consider that genetically modified organisms (GMO), threaten to destroy our physical body by altering the DNA of the foods we eat; that with a 1-2 degree temperature increase global warming will create more drought, wildfires, melting glaciers, increased ocean acidity, rising sea levels, plus a shift in snow and rain patterns. Communities worldwide are dealing with a lack of clean, potable water and the toxic residue inhaled each second from air pollution reeks its own havoc on our bodies. Humanity is on the precipice of either tumbling deeper into environmental disaster or taking action to stop any technology that destroys the natural world. Which will it be?
And the “vertically ill” have begun to awaken. The “Green Movement” has grown substantially in the past ten years; creating jobs to fight the evils that threaten to reduce Earth to a barren and uninhabitable planet. This life we treasure maintains a delicate balance through the force of opposites; of which good and evil are but one pair. Can we eradicate evil and those who do evil things? No more than we can eradicate good and those individuals who live lives of compassion and love dedicated to serving the Earth community. With a belief system based on mastery of the material world and redemption in the afterlife, human beings have lost sight of the importance of life lived on this earth, present to each moment. If we could experience what Joseph Campbell called “eternity right here and now, in all things”, we may yet restore the natural environment to full health and learn to live together within the sacredness of nature.