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The Cure of the Earth

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/07/12/cure-earth

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Facing the failure of current communication strategies, we could ramp up the alarm, or we could try something radically different. We could invite our society into a love affair with life.

A “love affair” which, in the context of the Amazon, equates to respect for indigenous peoples. That would indeed be trying something different, at radical variance from the Monroe Doctrine guiding USA domination – even extermination – of indigenous people throughout North and South America, throughout centuries.

Should any leader with indigenous heritage or sympathies attain office anywhere in America, that’s always been time to send in the marines. Just ask Smedley: The Butler did it.

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I appreciate the perspective of “falling in love with place” as a truer way to value and preserve the environment.

“Guardians and caretakers; they are perhaps even parts of those beings…” Definitely this would be an improvement on Ayn Rand!

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This coming Saturday, Mother Earth will be placed front and center in our community public gathering to make these points on healing. It really has to, in the end, come down to Love of Life if we are ever to love one another regardless of our skin color and love, protect, restore the eco-systems of Mother Earth upon whom we all depend.

We destroy indigenous people and their culture at our collective peril.

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Suppose we could replace its intense beauty with high-resolution replicas of everything we’d destroyed. If we could, I ask you, would we want to?

Not is we could be rational beings for a moment and understand our utter dependence on Mother Earth–why the Earth has been repeatedly referred to as “Mother” and not just a lump of earth material spinning out in space. So, let’s take Cicero’s advise:

Come, let us reason together.

We are here to serve life

I could not agree more. Life is what matters and not things.

Civilization has not lived up to that sacred duty, but certain indigenous cultures show us its possibility.

The author goes right to the heart of the matter.

It would be fruitful for the author to look up Chinese (Mainland China) on how they are reversing previous desertfication due to land (mis)use and overgrazing. This has been a blight on northern, north-west china for centuries where polluting dust has caused misery in the lives (heath issues) and livelihood of the Chinese.
The Chinese have been on this for over 30 years, patiently and with persistance to ‘conquer’ this condition and there have been success stories.
Most of the documentaries may be seen on CCTV (English) and on other Chinese and international sites.

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“Follow the money” they say, and you will be able to figure out the workings of the human world.

More often than not that proves to be true. Why? Well, because money is such a powerful human motivator.

But with that being the case look at the world we have. It’s a mess.

What would be a better motivator? Something that would improve life for all of life.

" Follow the biology". If you don’t get the biology right, you don’t get anything right.

This is what Aldo Leopold was saying when he wrote:

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”
― Aldo Leopold, [A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There]

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I would add the Pachamama Alliance to the list