December 16th, 2020

The age of separation

“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.”
Meister Eckhart, Sermons of Meister Eckhart

Good morning from a blustery and very wet Devon.

The coffee is poured and I'm listening to Goldmund.

I feel blessed — truly.

As to the rubric, well, like so much of my writing, the Gods spoke to me at about 2.20am, as I lay awake waiting for the sudden alertness and awareness to pass and for me to go back to sleep.

They said: 

"You are not a human being having a spiritual experience or even a spiritual being having a human experience (attributed to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin), you are a human being living separate and apart from everyone and everything else, including (or so it seems) yourself — i.e. true self."

Oh, you clever boy.

But think about it: if we didn't see nature, the earth or the planet as ours (i.e. we're the Crown of Creation), we wouldn't, as we are right now, be quite so inclined to foul our own nests, less still live separate and apart from every living or animate thing.

Now, of course, I can't speak for all 7.594 billion people — there are, I'm sure, exceptions! — but since when did we think we'd get away with pillaging the planet and her resources with such abandon and not have to pay a very, and I mean very, heavy price?

Never I'd say.

And we will — dear god — pay, in the end, the ultimate price.

You're so, so depressing!

Am I, really?

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My tweets

  • Tue, 14:29: Flush with cash, Chinese hog producer builds world's largest pig farm / this makes me feel sick and depressed just looking at the picture. How can any animal be treated or thought of this way?
  • Tue, 17:34: Are there any lawyers on @Twitter that have an interest in or practice earth law? I'd love to start following and to then begin a conversation how this nascent area of law might be introduced to law firms, directors and change-makers more generally.
  • Tue, 17:36: I wonder if marketing, sales and business development needs to change its story to include (not in an artificial way) the recognition that the earth's resources are finite?
  • Tue, 17:39: I think about my late father-in-law, Brian, in much the same way.
  • Tue, 18:09: I've just bought Allison's Christmas present. Very earthy and as someone who would love to be a full-time gardener, I know she's going to love it.
  • Tue, 18:16: I'm a lawyer -- didn't expect still to be plying my trade in 2020 -- but one thing that keeps me in the game is the fact that I truly believe, despite all the bad press, that we can make a difference in the world. tbh if I didn't think that I'd throw in the towel tomorrow.
  • Tue, 18:49: I loved my conversation this week with @Inspired_Lives. Kate is an amazing soul -- really very special.
  • Wed, 06:00: “Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.” ― Gary Snyder
  • Wed, 07:09: The age of separation / today's little blog offering
  • Wed, 07:30: In Conversation: Stephen Jenkinson with Christos Galanis | Borrowed Time
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