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Spectacular, Ridiculous Abundance

Who is this flower above me?
What is the work of this God?

I would know myself in all of my parts.

— the Flower Prayer, used in the Feri and Reclaiming traditions

What is the source of our truest heart’s desires? Where do these hopes and longings within us come from? Why are we sometimes given inspirations and visions that sing within us like the music of the dancing galaxies?

If we are here to simply eke out an existence as best we can and then die, where does all that come from and why? Do you think our ideas, desires, and creative visions are for nothing? Electrochemical brain machinery that spins fantasy? Do you believe on some level that you are just being jerked around by anonymous Nothingness, or (worse) a cruel Trickster who is just setting you up for pain and ultimate failure?

This is the survival mentality. Webster defines survival as, “to remain alive or existent.” Is this the Plan for us? Struggle, suffering, loss?

Rather than spouting hopeful platitudes, I invite you to take a good long look at our Mother Earth. Is this really how She operates? Yes, life can be tough, unfair, and it inevitably ends (or changes forms). Yes, there are times and places where some life forms are on the margins of extinction and collapse. Yes, death comes to all. But all in all, does Nature only barely scrape by? Is Gaia stingy?

Doesn’t it seem instead that Nature drives Her children to thrive? Did you know that there are over 350 species of parrots? Parrots. Not “birds.” Now if some of us were creating the world, and we wanted to have parrots, I can see, oh, maybe 10 or maybe 100, just to be really generous. But 350?

There are over 20,000 different species of the family Asteraceae, which is sometimes referred to as the family of daisies. Daisies, folks. This does not include carnations, iris or lilies. Mama Gaia offers five thousand species of sponges; and several hundred species of trees and shrubs in the genus Quercus (oak) alone.

So where do we get off thinking that the resources are just not there when it comes to humans in general, and us in particular? I would propose that based on the evidence of the spectacular, ridiculous diversity and abundance in Nature, survival is not the name of the game. Thriving is.

This is not just semantics. It frames our entire world view and how we operate from day to day. So I’ll have lots more to say about it tomorrow.

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  • July 22, 2009, 9:13 am Star

    Very appropriate post for me. I am often stuck in that survival, suffering mindset, as things appear to be that way to me when I look at what is happening in our society to all but those with loads of money. Some days I can rejoice in the abundance I see in nature and that I often receive, but that does not always translate into my mundane human-made world. This, I think, is the basis for the constant underlying feelings of despair that I feel, not because of my personal situation only, but for our culture as a whole. Survival often seems hopeless as 90% of the population seems to thrive only on TV, noise, poor food, lack of resources, no support network, violence, drugs & alcohol, smoking, wastefulness, and vicarious living through celebrities, instead of direct experiences. Thanks for this post.

    Star*

  • July 22, 2009, 9:24 am Rick Loftus, M.D.

    Beth, as usual, you have lifted me up when I was feeling down. The braid is stronger than a single strand. This reminds me of the very funny and well-known comment attributed to 20th century biologist J.B.S. Haldane, who reportedly told theologians that if the Creator existed, what we could know of Him was that He had "an inordinate fondness for beatles." The richness of nature subsists in the small things, like all those little daisies….

  • July 22, 2009, 7:15 pm Derik

    Sure, Mother Nature will push for abundance and cultures which thrive by and through her, but I think that nature has nothing to do with the human plight.
    Humanity is man's worst enemy, and no matter what the earth may push for, man will be there to contextualize and categorize until the flourishing of Mother Nature is turned profit or made stagnant.

    I guess I get pretty hard on us.

  • July 23, 2009, 8:33 am Lynda

    Wonderful! Thank You.