“Western civilization is a loaded gun pointed at the head of this planet.”
― Terence McKenna
I was shocked when I first read this quote!
However, it is not a statement I can debate, because, from where I am at this moment in time, I have to agree.
It is short and succinct!
It is true.
Returning recently from a shopping trip to Sligo, my head aching from the slow trawl around shops, keeping apace with other shoppers, most of whom seemed in a trance-like state, almost zombified; it struck me that many were there as a source of passive entertainment.
Shopping has become a pastime for many.
What does this say about our society?
Is it merely that we are nothing more than consumers?
Let’s face it, our governments have long since created the global economic model upon that premise, that we are consumers of a vast global shopping mall.
I live in the EU, where the government in Brussels are continually at odds with people, like myself, who demand a more democratic representation of our views.
Many of these disagreements focus around the EU contamination by big business and corporations which run inherently different policies to the representation of the people.
Those I speak with, especially on the Bealtaine Cottage website, are sickened and angry with such things as the TTIP, Monsanto, agricultural policies and suchlike!
For my part, I loathe guns and any analogies to them.
I do not want to be part of a loaded gun pointed at Mother Earth!
Yet, we are governed in a way which is opposite to what we believe to be right!
I was happy to get home from shopping.
My head was sore!
All the over-wrapped, cheaply produced goods made me feel sick.
Plastic and chemicals that I knew my beautiful Mother Earth would have to deal with!
As the car turned into the entrance to Bealtaine, I heaved a sigh of relief.
I imagine that feeling to be an integral part of what the land releases on a daily basis…
I can’t change the system of corruption within government, but I am aware of its inexorable collapse…for this madness is not sustainable.
We all know, like the Titanic, it’s going down.
And, like the Titanic, those on the bridge can neither see the disaster in front of them, nor believe their vessel to be so easily destroyed.
16 years of Goddess Permaculture through the Bealtaine Project at Bealtaine Cottage, West of Ireland.
Colette O'Neill is a writer, photographer, environmentalist and teacher who has devoted the past 16 years to turning 3 acres of derelict land into a woodland sanctuary for all life, planting over 1,100 trees in the process. Colette posts prolifically across Social Media, encouraging planting of trees and regeneration of Mother Earth. Her life energy is now devoted to the Great Goddess, Mother Earth!
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