BY DERRICK JENSEN
Published in the May/June 2009 issue of Orion magazine
A FEW MONTHS AGO at a gathering of activist friends someone asked, “If our world is really looking down the barrel of environmental catastrophe, how do I live my life right now?”
The question stuck with me for a few reasons. The first is that it’sthe world, not our world. The notion that the world belongs to us—instead of us belonging to the world—is a good part of the problem.
The second is that this is pretty much the only question that’s asked in mainstream media (and even among some environmentalists) about the state of the world and our response to it. The phrase “green living” brings up 7,250,000 Google hits, or more than Mick Jagger and Keith Richards combined (or, to look at it another way, more than a thousand times more than the crucial environmental philosophers John A. Livingston and Neil Evernden combined). If you click on the websites that come up, you find just what you’d expect, stuff like “The Green Guide: Shop, Save, Conserve,” “Personal Solutions for All of Us,” and “Tissue Paper Guide for Consumers.”
The third and most important reason the question stuck with me is that it’s precisely the wrong question. By looking at how it’s the wrong question, we can start looking for some of the right questions. This is terribly important, because coming up with right answers to wrong questions isn’t particularly helpful.
You can recognize a warrior of light by the look in his eye. Warriors of light are in the world, they form part of the world, and they were sent into the world without saddlebags or sandals. They are often cowardly. They do not always act correctly.
Warriors of light are wounded by the most foolish things, they worry about trivialities, they believe themselves incapable of growing. Warriors of light sometimes believe themselves unworthy of any blessing or miracle.
Warriors of Light often ask themselves what they are doing here. Often they find their lives meaningless…
That is why they are warriors of light. Because they fail. Because they ask questions. Because they keep looking for a meaning. And, in the end, they will find it.
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The video shows that the Fast Food that we eat is quite correctly termed as Junk Food but a better name would be on the lines of Terminator Food. By that I mean you should consume it only if you have a dying need to die slowly or if you have a killing desire to kill someone slowly. I wonder though how many of us would be able to do so and whether such a choice will be made in time or not. I also wonder how much damage has already been done.
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None have the power to hurt your self respect, unless you are the one to grant it to them. If and when you find yourself commanding such power over someone, respect it, if for nothing just for the respect of your own self…
Ghosts frighten him and solitude torments him. His aim had been to fight the Good Fight, and he never imagined that this would happen to him, but it did. Shrouded in darkness, he makes contact with his master.
‘Master, I have fallen into the abyss,’ he says. ‘The waters are deep and dark.’
‘Remember one thing,’ replies his master. ‘You do not drown simply by plunging into water; you only drown if you stay beneath the surface.’
And the warrior uses all his strength to escape from his predicament.
A warrior of light knows that certain moments repeat themselves. He often finds himself faced by the same problems and situations, and seeing these difficult situations return, he grows depressed, thinking that he is incapable of making any progress in life.
‘I’ve been through this before,’ he says to his heart.
‘Yes, you have been through all this before,’ replies his heart. ‘But you have never been beyond it.’
Then the warrior realizes that these repeated experiences have but one aim: to teach him what he does not want to learn.