Elemental Ethos: Earth

The local ecosystem is our home, our host. I have come to realize that, for me, it is disrespectful to an ecosystem to bring food into it, particularly if the food was processed industrially. By learning and mastering foraging techniques, we can learn to accept the ecosystem’s hospitality. When we bring extrinsic food into our ecosystem, it comes with an implied message: I am not willing to even try to subsist in relationship with you directly, so that we can thrive cooperatively with one another. I am a mere visitor, and will not stay long enough to develop such a relationship. [Read more…]

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Ferguson is a Forest

What if you weren’t allowed in a forest? How Private Property and Spirits of Place apply to Ferguson, Missouri [Read more…]

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A Call To War

The same thing that disenchants the world is killing the earth. This is a call to war. [Read more…]

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Disenchantment, Enclosure, And ‘The Burning Times’

Capitalism is responsible for our ancestral trauma, our alienation from the land, and the greatest targeted killing of women ever known in Europe. [Read more…]

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Some Walk Away

What do you do when you discover that the happiness, success, and comfort of your society requires the suffering of others? For many, it’s enough to justify it or ignore it. But some walk away, instead. [Read more…]

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What I Learned in the Crosswalk

Sometimes we need someone to free us from a spell by breaking out of it first. Small radical acts can become revolutionary, even when all signals say, “no–you’ll die.” [Read more…]

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The Past is a Place We Still Inhabit

Our belief that the present is somehow exceptional, that we are modern and more developed than other peoples and from our “primitive” state sustains both our disenchanted world and the racism of Western culture. [Read more…]

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