"Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the Earth the Earth heals us."
- Excerpt from Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Reflecting on the reciprocal relationship between humanity and our planet, it is far too often said that this dynamic is parasitic, that humans are a plague - a cancer on the Earth. I think it's sometimes far too easy to fall into this way of thinking, given all the damage we've done to the planet and ourselves.
This Earth Day I'm making a resolution to change this way of thinking in myself. Humans are not parasites to the Earth, it's human SYSTEMS, and outdated practices and beliefs that are parasitic. All we have to do is commit to changing our ways. Commit to being humble enough to fix our errors. Humanity and nature CAN live in harmony with each other, but it will take work.
(Midsummer Parade by Phoebe Wall)
Kimmerer speaks a lot on this subject in her book "Braiding Sweetgrass" and it has been extremely refreshing and inspiring to hear this perspective. We must hold ourselves accountable without being too hard on ourselves to the point were we consider ourselves a "cancer." This take, in the long run, probably won't be useful. Yes, we have made mistakes but we must remind ourselves that we are the SOLUTION as well.
We are meant to be here. And we are meant to figure out and perfect this complex relationship with the planet. Don't let cynics get you down. This journey can only be accomplished through optimism :)
Happy Earth Day We appreciate all of you out there who are fighting the good fight - being the solution.