I don’t know about you but nothing feels normal about this year and it is just a little bat sh*t crazy. It seems on the news that one problem was kind of sorted and a new thing would pop straight up in its place a little bit like the arcade game below.
Well social isolation for all except those that work in the serve us sector the cleaners, the shelf stackers and carers are prity much keeping society on life support from now on and they are the so called low skilled and certainly low paid.
The industrialised and calculated damage to the planet and to the plants and animals that live on it and how humanity seems to think it can carry on regardless without consequence is truly being tested this decade. We have had record temperatures, flooding, fires and now Coronavirus. The flooding , fires and temperatures records didn’t really seem to get under the skin of the corporations, billionaires and governments running our show globally.
Even though we have seen a lot of mass marketing by governments organisations and billionaires concerning how much they care and what great lengths they are going to in order to help our species continue to industrially manipulation the planet, butcher wildlife to make more room for the crap we buy before it goes to landfill whilst worshiping at the altar of capitalism it just does not really feel as if anything has changed.
That is until Coronavirus came along, everything seems to have changed now and people in charge are mobilising as if war has just been declared. It really does feel like it has got under the authorities skin. My chances of living or dying in this world dont seem to have changed that much and someone living in a piss poor country trying to escape to a better life to a richer continent, their life chances don’t seem to have changed much. But for our leaders and people in charge they now realise more now then ever before that like us all are just mere mortals and only human.
When I was a child at school back in the early 1990’s my geography teacher started to tell us about climate change, the industrial deforesting and destruction of biodiversity in the Amazon rainforest and the amount of undiscovered by man, species we were losing by the bucket load. She darkly commented ‘well of course it won’t affect my generation but it will of course affect yours’ and then laughed and carried on with the lesson. Even back then and still to this day I very much knew she was right.
I don’t know whether to fear Coronavirus or to be in awe of its simple deadly efficiency. Well only time will tell.
‘Above all else, Druidry means following a spiritual path rooted in the green Earth.’ – John Michael Greer
Druidism evolved out of the tribal cultures of Britain, Ireland and western France over two thousand years ago. In the seventeenth century it experienced a revival, which has continued to this day. Contemporary Druids can now be found all over the world, and Druidry’s appeal lies in its focus on a reverence for the natural world, a belief in the value of personal creativity, and of developing a sense of communion with the powers of nature and the spirit. Druidry’s startling recent growth lies in its broad appeal: some treat it as a philosophy, others as a religion, still others as a path of self-development. Druids can be Pagan, or can be followers of other faiths, and a Druid ceremony might include Christian and Buddhist Druids alongside Pagan and Wiccan Druids.
I wish we knew more about the Druids who they were, what they believed who they worshiped and how. The Druids did not write anything down and so all learning was done through the spoken word. So when scholars first wrote about them what was written about them was often written in second hand from those that would have been invaders or enemies at the time such as the Romans when conquering Britain. Your enemy would not have put the most positive of spins on who you were, or what you did and what your motivations were.
As well as a deep and meaningful connection with nature they also believed in equality and the rights of women to be leaders, owners of their own land, possessions and of themselves. This I always thought was tremendously forward thinking for a culture seen as ancient and of a bygone age. I believe you can gain the weight of a person by how they perceive nature to be in connection with themselves and how equally they treat others to themselves. Therefore I have a lot of respect and time for the aspects of Druidry that I have heard of and can relate to still, to how we live or should live our lives today.
The photo below is of Wistmans Wood a beautiful place of nature from here in Devon where I am sure any Druid would love to see.