The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders. — Edward Abbey
It's been wonderful to start writing again.
I'm not saying it's been easy — the early starts and all that — but it's been nice to share my musings, particularly on the environment.
If there's a reason why I blog, it can be summed up in a few words:
it helps me think more clearly.
I appreciate, really I do, that it's not always pretty and I still come across as way too preachy, not to say sanctimonious, but if all I ever did was write my journal or share a few thoughts with others, I wouldn't get the same level of feedback or, on a few occasions, encouragement to keep pushing the envelope. But best of all to sharpen and broaden my language.
As to themes, I feel I've turned a corner in that I'm not minded or inclined to share my thoughts on the outmoded and out-of-date workplace that was my shtick for so very long. Nor do I feel compelled to open up about true self, if only because, to me at least, we're already awake but perhaps — just perhaps — we don't see that (see the book The Ten Thousand Things by Robert Saltzman). (I should qualify this and say: if we were truly awake we wouldn't be and act separate and apart from nature — which, in case it's not already clear, we're a constitute, earth-bound part.)
The other thing that's in the mix is my reading which has shifted exponentially towards nature. In particular, I'm spending time exploring the works of Edward Abbey, Charles Bowden and Thomas Berry. Each of them, or more especially Abbey, is making me consider my own existential angst with the unfolding environmental disaster and how, as I explained this week, I might bring to bear my legal training for better and/or worse!
As a side note, I've said this before and fallen flat on my face but I do, I really do, want to finish my memoir in order (if nothing else) to slay the Dragon of procrastination. (I can see now why some writers only publish a very few number of books in their lifetime.) I've no excuse save, possibly, that this year I've been a little preoccupied with staying out of harm's way but more especially, my in-house legal role has consumed so much of my time. There's always 2021, right!
One last thing. I know I've messed around with a few platforms but for now, I'm very happy to be back writing on Livejournal and at least for the first six months of 2021 I'll keep my main site alive (Wordpress) with a view to writing some longer essays a bit like Charles Eisenstein does with his writing.
Anyhow, it's that time again.
Have a beautiful day.
Take care, Ju.