August 11, 2022
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Sometimes I think the land is taking over.
It’s going to bite back. It’s had enough of human activity.
I’m not talking about any human concerns or groups with their agendas. I’m talking about something apart from all that.
Of course, I’m just speculating. I might be wrong. Maybe the march of technology will go on for a few hundred years. If so, I’m not sure any of us would want to be around for that life.
At any rate, the land can deal with anything we put on it or in it. Maybe not right away, but eventually. And it doesn’t need our help. The idea that it does is a fatuous human pretension.
At one time, I lived in a place that was filled with trees. Maples and oaks. I imagined running along narrow roads—so fast, I could turn invisible.
I’m sure many of those trees are still there. I don’t know whether they remember. It’s possible they do.
In that place, the houses had lawns and trees and bushes and small gardens. In early April, when the snow and the ground were starting to melt into mud, an old man named Jim would come trudging up the road with his bag of tools. He was a gardener. He took care of the lawns and the hedges and the gardens. He’d been doing it for a long time. Nobody asked him to anymore. It was a given. Jim worked, and people paid him. He would work all the way into the late fall, and then he would go away. Maybe his spirit is still there. Who knows? He might be waiting and watching like a tree.
Once I lived in a small annex next to a house at the bottom of a steep hill. I looked at it and remembered I’d painted a hill several years earlier that looked very much like it. I thought or imagined or realized some spirit might be hovering above the trees.
Land and sky and water can do that to you.
When we rain blows against a great giant, he stands there and lets us. He isn’t affected. He understands why we’re doing it. He waits. Eventually, when he takes over, he does it with ease.
From the human point of view, it might seem we’ve lost. But he doesn’t see it that way.
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The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.