I think it can be argued that all of our human-made systems…
(Many of us feel broken!** Soooooo many of our families are broken.)
chasing the almighty dollar
Kind of chew us up
& spit us out
… don’t they?
Human myopia, aggression & greed, rapaciousness (& lies)
have laid wholesale waste to Earth’s innate systems of order, beauty & abundance
& so many of us as individual people are trodden upon unmercifully.
Runaway ego & greed (& lies)
down through hundreds of generations
(Let us not forget millennia of patriarchy)
Have carved so many of us into
brains on legs
& the rate of autism is up to 1 in 36 … & climbing fast!
What can we see left to us
That is not broken?
There is still friendship & caring
Good food, laughter & conversation shared with loved ones.
& while the skies
& the food … the earth itself
may be poisoned…
We can still laugh (& cry)
Tell the truth (though truth-telling is largely frowned upon)
Hug the people we love, & be kind.
Is it not so?
** maybe we are not broken. Just wounded. Many of us, terribly, terribly wounded.
(Not broken. As Elizabeth Lesser would have it, broken open)
A Few Quotations
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
“Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue.” – Eugene O’Neill
“It is not a sign of good health to be well adjusted to a sick society.” – J. Krishnamurti
** quotations about truth
** & conversation
& about community & connection