Jonathan Livingston Seagull
“They are saying in the Flock that if you are not the Son of the Great Gull Himself”, Fletcher told Jonathan one morning after Advanced Speed Practice, “then you are a thousand years ahead of your time.”
Jonathan sighed. The price of being misunderstood he thought. They call you devil or they call you god. “What do you think, Fletch? Are we ahead of our time?”
A long silence, “Well, this kind of flying has always been here to be learned by anyone who wanted to discover it; that’s got nothing to do with time. We’re ahead of the fashion, maybe. Ahead of the way that most gulls fly.”“That’s something,” Jonathan said, rolling to glide inverted for a while. “That’s not half as bad as being ahead of our time”.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
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Thursday, September 9, 2010
There is an article in Scientific American this week: "The Deepening Crisis: When Will We Face the Planet's Environmental Problems? Failure to act on threats to global sustainability brings the world closer to disaster."
I find the problem for me with articles like this is that, reliable as they may be, they miss the hope that there is right now. They can add to the depression and become a self-fulfilling prophecy of negativity. I used to be SO despairing - what can I do? I was so desperate to do something, anything, but I didn't know what to do...I wrote letters to Governments on behalf of Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, I lobbied and I talked and I talked some more and, quite frankly, I became exhausted...it is now that I realise the consciousness of humanity and of this planet is rising...the state of Being of humanity is improving as more and more people wake up...it is amazing, from my own personal experience, to see how heart-based/non-ego-based consciousness brings about changes in the fabric of reality. As Prof John Wheeler (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Archibald_Wheeler) said - we are participants in the universe). So, I now do have hope and optimism...I can see that it is up to us to BE the wayshowers...to contribute towards the raising of the collective consciousness of humanity.....that's not to say that we should not DO things too....I still grow my own veg and still write the letters, the challenge is to assimilate and act on the information (such as that provided in the Sci Am article), but not to be wrapped up in the drama anymore....when I pray and meditate for Mother Earth, I see her in a future which is clean, with clean energies and with co-operation and hope......a new Earth....this is the way we allow a better future for Mother Earth and for us to unfold....remember, we are the participants in the Universe and our thoughts and feelings do matter....we are continuously making a difference...