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Friday, July 9th: 6:00- 9:00pm EDT/ Saturday (2 sessions) July 10th: 9:00am -12:00pm EDT morning & 6:00-9:00pm EDT evening/ Sunday July 11th: 9:00am -12:00pm EDT
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In uncertain times like these, some of the smart money goes to ‘precious metals’, and rides out the heavy weather there.
The psychic, mythic equivalent? Same thing. Back to the land, where the precious metals came from. Where most of us have never been. Except on holiday. The simmering sepia sentiment that the land is there to forgive and forget and to take all comers hasn’t dimmed. It’s there in the Western mind where the idea of a ‘good and forgiving God’ used to sit. It’s useful to remember that ‘nostalgia’ means ‘the pain of returning’. Literally: ‘home/sick’.
There’s no sign that ‘the land’ is awaiting our contrition or our reappearance. Or that it’s neutral where we’re concerned.
Or that it has a bad memory. Or that it’s ours.
Well, here’s something else: the old northern icon of The World Tree has been misunderstood now for a millenium and more. It’s not there to keep us in tune and in touch with the Great Beyond, or with some Other World. It’s there to keep us apart. Anything like direct contact between the Godly and the human is notoriously hard on the humans. There’s mercy, and there’s fair warning in the World Tree.
What ever happened to all those Deities of Place the world over, once people moved on to the more sophisticated myths of inanimism?
And the wild: it seems pretty likely that when live ‘bush meat’ came too close to live domestic meat in a wet market in China something seismic happened, and the current plague came down. This is what ‘rewilding’ looks like when it’s undertaken by nostalgic, truant, myth-illiterate seekers.
Do the misanthropes have it right? Is the only good human a wild human? Are we capable of wilderness?
So, something like an unsentimental education about The Land is in order. This session will be something like an unblinking, errant pilgrimage across holy ground.
There is no other kind of ground.
A few stopping points along the way:
An unauthorized history of agriculture.
The Fourth Temptation, where the spiritual warrior is the failed farmer. Cain and Abel.
What ‘sustainable’ usually means.
The catastrophe of surplus.
The Iron Age, when everything changed.
Addiction and the mania for growth.
Totems and ‘power animals’.
The covenant in domestication.
The moral quandary of cheap food.
Tools and machines.
Private property. Owning a living thing.
Trade and commerce.
How to fix a broken handle, and other useful stuff.
Check out Stephen Jenkinson’s previous online talk with The Rowe Center, Dark Road Dreams.