Until now, we have always recovered. We have embraced the folly of our choices and trusted that when we were done, the nurturing world would still be there; that we would find new footing in a familiar, reliable place and move on. We trusted that when we had wreaked our violence against each other and other living forms, all would return to normal as the dead and dying turned to dust and disappeared from of our line of sight as the evidence that they ever were was absorbed into the dirt where they fell. We trusted that with the passage of time, the Earth would cover the destruction and turn over the soil that we might have a fresh start. Not so, this time. This time, our folly is that we have waged war on the Earth, herself – the very thing that allows us to exist. We have overstepped…. and as the biosphere collapses, so will we. There will be no thing to return to. And in that, we are in a new reality.
Although our (individual and collective) history might tell us to fight, even in the face of futility, we would be wise to stop…. and reconsider what other choices we might make. Rather than repeat a cycle, perhaps we are being called to rise beyond what is historical and turn to what is instinctual: the desire to bring life into our experience. Perhaps we are being invited to seek a higher-order expression of our ‘intended’ Being rather than to just repeat.. repeat… and repeat again what is so familiar. No more fighting. No more violence. In this time of our individual and collective Great Letting Go, coming to find peace within ourselves will become what is reflected back to us from our external reality. We have what it takes to move beyond the habits rooted in fear, rage and outrage. What is there for us to rage about? We have done this. We have been (and continue to be) the consumers who have made it possible for the Big Bad Companies to ruin us all. To this day, there is no value in waiting for them to do something. The truth has always been that they will not make what we do not buy. We do now have – and always have had – the power to shut it down. The sad truth of it is we know that – and still, we do nothing.
Beyond Hope: Letting Go of a World in Collapse (Deb Ozarko)
Deb Ozarko: Guest on ‘The Poetry of Predicament’ podcast