Join Stewart for Sunday Community Service to Serve “Mother Nature“. Help preserve our natural heritage for future generations. Learn the best strategies to help declining local, wild rarities grow back, as we protect them from weeds.
Imagine being among a group people before the allegorical Able took control of the first animals, that had been wild and free, turning them into domestic species, bred to serve the humans that controlled them. It was also before the allegorical Cain took control of the first tract of land, burning down the first beautiful, richly diverse natural area, that together with his brother’s grazing animals trampling and overgrazing it, destroyed the habitat of his mom and dad, the allegorical Eve and Adam, the aboriginal people, who could no longer live forever. After Cain took control of that land, he covered it with a paucity of plant species for his sole benefit, leaving the landscape more monotonous, and stripped of its natural beauty, and its rich diversity.
The people you are among in this pre-agricultural community are a true community of people that are not working to control, for themselves, as many animals, as much land, and as much of everything and everyone on it as they can, but are actually working to help each other. Like each other species in the ancient, co-adapted, co-evolved, co-dependent community, they are making their contribution to the wealth of the diversity of their natural community, rather than today’s global human community that neither works in harmony with nature, nor in harmony with each other. The old and the young in this ancient setting are sitting on a bed of moss, in an incredibly beautiful natural landscape, that still hasn’t been degraded by today’s culture of over-control and exploitation of the world.
Everyone is harvesting some plant, while doing a bit of weeding around the plants they value, while talking with their neighbors. The medicine man, who seems to know the name and story of every plant, animal, and fungus, is sharing those stories with the old and young, and the young are listening with rapt attention. After they harvest the plants they value, they leave that population of plants of that species in better shape then when they came. They had pulled a few weeds around them, and moved some seeds of that species to a promising new location for their growth. The mother plant had effectively paid them to do this by offering them her root, or her fruit. Rather than these humans being an exploiter and degrader of their Mother Nature, they are contributing members of their natural community, just like the rest of that co-adapted, co-dependent community of plants, animals and fungi, and these people are contributing members to the health of their human community, just like all of the other social animals contribute to the health of their community of their own species.
This is a world that we could be moving back towards with each of our community gatherings in nature, where we are contributing to the health of the natural community as a mutualistic member of that community, rather than a parasitic or predatory member of that community, as we build our human communities around activities that are healthier than so many of the activities we gather to do today. It is also a world where the old are given a much more constructive role, to a much greater age, than they are given in our communities today. Could this model go viral? Could it spread around the globe better and last longer than Pokeman Go? Why not?