The Emerald Forest - 1985
Bill Markham: Why did you take my son?
Wanadi: One day, i was hunting at the Edge of The World when Tomme appeared and he smiled; and even though you were a Termite Child, I had not the heart to send you back to The Dead World.
Tomme: Why are they called The Termite People?
Wanadi: They come into The World and chew down all the grandfather trees. Just like termites.
Mapi: They are tearing the skin off The World! How will she breathe?
The mindless destruction of the Amazon goes beyond the local rape and destruction to the reality of the Amazon as a "weather engine' - an organ of Gaia - the living entity that is our Mother Earth, that contributes to the stability of all life on Earth. Like ocean salinity and currents, it can reach the point of collapse. The human view of life anthropocentrism - is like the ancient ignorance that the cosmos revolves around Earth. Biocentrism in the modern meaning that all life on Earth is sacred and critical to every should have more respect and extend fully to ecocentrism that teaches that all of the natural world is sacred - I take the view that Earth - Gaia - is central to that belief system. "That is the way things are. But the white man, they believe EVERYTHING is dead. Stone, earth, animals. And people! Even their own people! If things keep trying to live, white man will rub them out." -- Old Lodge Skins
The Tapestry of Life as metaphor cannot endure human despoliation - cannot exist with the constant removal of thread after thread - it will collapse - and anyone with eyes to see and heart to feel can see that fact...........as long as wealth and money controls the direction of life we will continue to see life and Gaia destroyed. ...................