My new Sense of Place contribution is up. If I haven’t alienated the whole Pagan internet world by worshiping really-existing gods, my frustration with humanist/naturalist discourse, my insistence that humanity is unique in nature, or my irritation with automobiles, then how about some incitement towards Domestic Terrorism?
She could hold off the inevitable for another day, perhaps, and make known to the world that she thought a garden is a good thing. She finishes with her “destruction” (and what is a stuck gear-shifter against the loss of land? she asks herself, sadly), she inscribes three letters across the machine, her offering to the sylvan spirits of northern lands and her solidarity with others who’ve done the same.
The next morning, the subcontractors will not notice her footprints, nor the hole in the garden where she’d uprooted what she could salvage. Instead, they’ll notice the word she wrote and wonder why someone would have written “ELF.” Maybe they’ll even get the day off.
And I’m being a bit flippant about the “alienation” thing, because laughing a bit at the frustrations of internet communication might just be the only thing to keep me sane if I continue public-writing. That, and the several very kind emails I was sent in the last few days. You know who you were, and I’d again like to re-iterate that your words meant the fucking world to me. This internet-stuff gets alienating.
Also. a book really needs to be written on some of the anti-capitalist Pagan-informed movements in Europe and America. There’s much more than I list in that essay, but the information on many of them is very scant.
Also, because he’s awesome and has a luscious beard that he for some reason shaved off in a dream of mine the other night, my friend Julian Betkowski just posted an essay on Belief and Experience that I highly suggest you read:
It is, of course, important that we talk about our experiences, but it also vital for us to talk of our beliefs, as well. It may be a difficult process for us to disentangle our beliefs from our experiences, but doing so, I suggest, will allow us to better understand our fellow spiritual seekers. If we cannot speak together from a common ground of either experience or belief, at least we can appreciate the spiritual processes that we each engage in.
And you can hear him speak (but not see his luscious beard) on Wyrd Ways next week. Which is funny, because I keep forgetting, I’ll be on there a few weeks after him, so reminding you that he’ll be on there reminds me. That’s how my memory works.
Be well, all of you!