Ferguson is a Forest

aaron

 I cannot tell you about the Ferguson 'riots,' as I'm not there.Instead, I can tell you a story about a forest, and what I know of Private Property, Communities and Spirits of Place. Forests and Property I tend a forest near my home.  It's part public park, part exclusion zone, impossible to 'develop' on account of anearby petroleum pipeline, electric transmission lines, and a deep ravine.   The parts which are city parkland have no official steward--I guess I've become it's un … [Read more...]

A Call To War

AAA

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Pagan community here.This is all awfully tragic, isn't it?I mean the earth dying, mass extinctions, poisoned rivers, irreversible shifts in climate that will eventually make certain areas of the world un-livable and others utterly miserable.All that damage, the stuff we and our descendents will be living through for the next several cent … [Read more...]

Disenchantment, Enclosure, And ‘The Burning Times’

hans glaser

“Slave owners knew that to master a human being, no matter what his race or color, all you need to do is strip him of his identity, his land, the strength of his culture and the memory of his ancestors.”From the Film, The Language You Cry InI have thus far spoken of Disenchantment in general terms, providing modern examples of how it relates to specific places and how Capitalism is sustained by materialistic conceptions of the everyday.  I’ve tried to show how Capitalism and disenc … [Read more...]

Some Walk Away

black-square

In 1973, Ursula K. Le Guin published a short story, called “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas.” She describes in flowery language a sort of utopian city (Omelas) in which every inhabitant lives in utmost happiness, wealth, contentment and joy. Every person enjoys unparalleled success, health, and all the benefits of social progress…except one person.In a basement, you see, there is a child that lives in absolute squalor and abuse. No, more—the child must live in horrible conditions in order … [Read more...]

What I Learned in the Crosswalk

Seattle, Washington (Photo by Brandi Haker, Seattletaco.com)

Streets in America are strange, but one doesn't quite know this until going elsewhere. In other lands, heavily-populated cities existed many centuries before the advent of cars and often before the widespread use of carriages, and thus the streets within those cities are often narrower, the buildings closer together, and the life of the street radically different from what we have come to expect in North America.One develops a strange and rather enlightening sense of what a city can be when … [Read more...]

The Past is a Place We Still Inhabit

Roman Aqueduct in Segovia, Spain (CC Manuel González Olaechea y Franco)

...what allows historians to historicize the medieval or the ancient is the very fact these worlds are never completely lost.  We inhabit their fragments even when we classify ourselves as modern and secular.--Dipesh Chakrabarty, Provincializing Europe As I've stated before, the disenchantment of the earth is not only something that happens "to us," but something which occurs through us, whether conscious or not.  Recognizing our complicity in the disenchantment of the  world is essential if … [Read more...]

A Choice of Worldings

"King Ludd"

I've mentioned multiple times in my posts here that the matter of undoing the disenchantment of the world comes down to a question of worlding.  That is, how we choose to world the earth and our experiences determines whether or not we world into disenchantment or we world with the gods and spirits.This is a matter of choice.  Do we choose to believe that the gods and spirits act in the world, or do we choose to believe that we humans are the sole agents of experience?  I've two examples th … [Read more...]


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