I was thinking about the elements and the erosive power they can exert-wind can topple trees, houses, and strip the land of necessary topsoil as it did during the Dustbowl of the 1930’s in the plains of the U.S. and Canada.
There were various contributing factors, some natural like drought, but a great many of them produced at the hands of man.
Among those was a lack of stewardship that had begun in the previous decade and characterized by agricultural methods that were shortsighted-such as an ongoing deep plowing of fields and a failure to rotate crops or allow fields to lay fallow for a time and rest.
An example of a lesson learned is that now you will often see tree lines abutting fields whose purpose is to act as a wind break, and mono culture is by and large practiced by corporate farms who then must depend of chemical fertilizers to invigorate the soil.
Water in the form of rain or flooding can produce devastating effects as well-especially when land has been stripped of soil anchors like grass and trees.
Seldom does man respond to such events with a view to a natural approach, to assist the land in it’s attempts to heal itself. Instead the response is calculated based upon a metric of time and money-which always leads to the introduction of artificial stimulants-the quick fix.
In many ways it is similar to the approach taken with the nations now that the topsoil of tradition and culture has been stripped away.
A quick fix is sought-something that will produce immediate results. But the truth of the matter is that it has taken generations to find ourselves where we are and the singular injection of money or artificiality will fail to serve a long term recovery.
Our nations, each to their own, compose a land that nurtures it’s people-attend to it, and the people it produces will be strong, a people whose roots run deep enabling them to withstand the elements of modern life.
The nations of the Southwest who live in a desert or semi arid environment many would find inhospitable have been a proof that when a people are tradition based the land they live upon will in fact provide for them without relying on artificial intervention.
We face a multitude of challenges now-very few of them of the natural order-and those that deal with water and the soil are the result of man made pollution.
But there is another pollution that grips the nations-a growing poverty of spirit that leads to decline. It too is produced by man.
Men (and women) who have sought personal advancement over the welfare of their people-some in tribal governments who skim money from grants and programs to enrich themselves and provide employment opportunities for family and select friends.
Others who make a career of collecting donations for projects they announce and then pay themselves a CEO’s salary replete with an expense account.
Sites that spring up accompanied by a lot of self promotion who when questioned about issues they avoid addressing-like the murder, rape, or abuse of our women and children respond that their focus lays elsewhere.
We need to heal the land of the nations, and the only way that has any value is doing so with a natural approach -we need to weed out the tare who see the misery and poverty as an opportunity, turn our back on self promoters and the artificial “solutions” they offer, and build a protective tree line against the erosive elements they have introduced.
If not then perhaps as quickly as within a generation we may find ourselves waving crystals and seeking the advice of palm readers and trance mediums in lieu of our elders and medicine people who has sustained us from our beginnings-and the great majority of our people will remain mired in poverty as they are now.
If any doubt the possibility of this they need only take a moment to consider how these influences are being introduced among us by those who are promoting themselves as leaders, medicine men/women, spokespersons,
and elders now.
There was time when our beliefs and commitment to them ran deep, a canyon carved by the water of tradition-increasingly so now they have the appearance of an open air market.