(Article changed on July 22, 2013 at 16:58)
Maine's Climate Summer Riders by Climate Summer Riders
Maine's Contingent of Climate Change Riders includes (left to right): Rebecca Newman, Team Leader; Shaun Carland, Outreach Coordinator; Eleana Fanco, Events Coordinator; Garrett Blad, Media Coordinator; Mariah Chen, Video Coordinator
How many of us wonder about the future of our planet, including future generations of human beings? It has been reported that ancient tribal cultures would judge their actions according to how they would effect the future unto the 7th generation. Thus, if we were to determine what we are about to do now, we would judge that action in accordance to how it would effect those living 490 years from now (based on people living to 70 years of age for 7 generations). That's almost a half of millennium. And our businesses take pride and see themselves as the cat's meow in evolutionary progress?
Look into the faces of the young women and men in the picture above. They will one day likely become moms and dads. What do they want for their descendants? Obviously, they want a sustainable, resilient and equitable future, given that they are biking across Maine to identify what people are doing for future generations. Yes, they all have a stake at seeing what WE in Maine and across the country are doing. We take responsibility alongside them for the quality of life handed down to their children, our children, and the children of future generations.
What effect is your driving a car here and there having on the future of your and their childrens' children? What effect is that television with commercials, presentations of cheap sexuality, and violence linked to sadistic sexuality having on how our children relate to each other, and to the world? What about every autumn our watching grown men (and women) scream at the television as men in tight pants fall on top of one another in the sport of football? And, these jock happy men are followed up by corporations' commercialized images of what we are supposed to look and dress like as women and men? Thus, we appear to be square faced sports jocks while our women look like Barbie Dolls housed in anorexic bodies with tons of make up on their face hiding their true persona.
Even when presented nude, never do we see each other for who we truly are. Gaze into the eyes of a Playboy model and ask "am I truly seeing a human being, a woman with power who will become a mother of future generations." Yes, her commercialized eyes will become the mother of children and, in essence, the foundations of culture. But what kinds of children will she raise? Anorexic models dressed up in the latest fads have become role models for our daughters to look up to. Playboy models are simply Barbie Dolls without a dress manufactured cheaply in China, where thousands of people are making less than minimum wage while slaving for hours on end.
But, alas, they have busted unions and the wages here in the US are falling relative to prices. Who then will man/woman the factories? Your children, perhaps...at Chinese wages and no health insurance?
But, that's only if we allow it to happen. Perhaps we need to move beyond the system that even needs health insurance?
These questions are reasons why we need kids like the Climate Summer Riders to remind us of our responsibility to the future and the planet--not to mention keeping our own drinking/swimming/fishing waters clear and non-toxic!
There is a reason that Nature means Essence and is identified as a Mother. Nature is the Self. Even developmental psychologists get this when they realize that the Mother is seen as the child's self and, that after birth, the child sees the self as being within her just as he was within her as a fetus. What we see as Self in infancy translates to all of Nature as an adult....at least that's how it was for ancients. Even the egg becomes the baby's/child's/adult's body....the sperm only marries his genetic materials. Our foundations, our Nature, is the female. Thus girls have two feminine genes "XX" while boys have one feminine and one masculine, "XY". What is a "Y" if not an "X" with a leg removed. Have some fun discussing what that became!
We've destroyed the wisdom of the ancients, but haven't yet fully destroyed infancy. Not quite, anyway. Perhaps bottle feeding is part of the process of alienating the population from Nature to allow for more corporate control? We have devastated huge parts of our Mother Planet and Her flora and fauna, but not everything. These bikers met with 350 Mainers and other activists on crystal clear Sebago Lake to celebrate a beautiful day of sun, shade, and breeze...and to share how and why we can keep it that way. Why the sound system of the rock band that accompanied them was even powered by pedal!
As an adult, what about that time we spent riding about in that new car, or having our nose poked into the drama of CNN News, or, worse yet, the theatrics of Fox News? What about how we spend time with our children? Do we sip our beer while watching television, the "boob tube" that nurses our children along into adulthood while keeping us adults AS children? We men never wean from that "boob tube" and move into true responsible / responsive adulthood, now do we? Nor do we women! What has taken on the role of our surrogate mother is the corporations running and ruining our planet. Thus, our conditioning as men is such that we often don't relate to human women as adults, and instead focus on control and domination, be the Feminine in the form or Nature or one's lover/spouse. Meanwhile, our role as women is to be sexy and shallow, without the depth of a true woman who knows who she is as the foundations for the future of all humankind, and, in fact, the planet.
This is why we need people like Bill McKibben, 350.org, and the Climate Summer riders!
Do we continue to tell our children stories from books written by others, many owned by the corporate media? Or, better yet, do we tell stories from our hearts and souls to allow our children to take part in the story while learning to be "Culture Makers" more so than "Cultural Followers"? This does not negate our denying great stories such as The Wizard of Oz or The Never Ending Story. These kinds of classics can entice meditation and increase depth. But, what of shows like the Flintstones and Jetsons that portray past and present as continuations of corporate consumer induced cultures.