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General News    H4'ed 8/7/12

Fish Frying in the Midwest: Get Real Folks

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Burl Hall
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This will be a short article.  It is a short article for I am fuming.  It is short because I'm tired of pissing matches regarding climate change, as reflected by some of the comments in Chris Hedges' last article.  Does global warming exist or not exist.  Go ask the fried fish in the midwest.  "Oh, sure," the intellectuals say, "it's just a random fluctuation.  it isn't because we have torn down the forests and polluted the air.  Oh, we had nothing to do with this....James Lovelock, the man that wrote of the Gaia Hypothesis, says so."  And we believe Him why?  Because he is an expert?  "What do YOU know?" the mind in denial asks.

For too long we have placed our faith in experts instead of experiencing life with our guts.  Tell this to the fish in the midwest that are frying due to abnormal heat.  Meanwhile listen to your senses as you gaze into the barren landscape that mirrors the barrenness of your rational mind.  Rational...roll the term over your tongue, look at it....ration-al....rationed.....limited....not understanding the relationship of the parts to the whole and the notion that the whole is in every part.

Dare we give up that we are the rulers of this planet and can do to Gaia what the hell we want?

We are creating a barren planet as a reflection of our conditioned minds that are similarly barren.  We argue this and that theory, theology and philosophy while we fry ourselves and the planet. Republican or Democrat?  Left or Right?  Male or Female? When do we awaken to ourselves and the Other as our mirror.  The planet will only heal as we heal.  Why are we in this mess? It is because we live in the same relationship with Nature as a fetus lives with his mother. The Hindus knew in one of the Upanishads where it is written:

"It is above
It is below
It is, in fact this entire world
When one knows this one knows bliss in the self
and in all worlds is free."

But, when we look out at the world we see resources, and we manipulate those resources for within ourselves we are dead.  We don't see a living, breathing and intelligent Being, for we are so chopped up, rationed, that we have killed ourselves.  This is what happens we are chopped up or rationed.

Nature in Her wholeness is Wisdom, in my humble opinion.  Nature and Sophia (Wisdom) are one.  Nature, in turn is the Self. Nature literally means Essence. Gaze into the skies and see the Self.  Gaze into the trees and see the Self.  Look at the stars and see the atomic particles in your brain.  "It is above, it is below."  Dare you give up your alienated, rationed/rational view of life and truly know your whole humanity on a whole living planet. 

Or do you continue to say there is no global warming.  If you do, please feel free to tap on the following url.  While you debate this issue with yourself, or even me, go to the midwest and tell the fish what you think.  Personally I won't argue with you. Let the fish tell you what to think!  Or, are you able to listen?

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Burl Hall is a retired counselor who is living in a Senior Citizen Housing apartment. Burl has one book to his credit, titled "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal our Wounded Nature." For more information, search the book on Amazon. (more...)
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