I recommend to read this and reflect together with the author. Unfortunately we, humans, are locked in certain path dependencies – mentally and technically. I also think for druids and other spiritual leaders it is important to show people also the beauty of disconnecting, to be passive, receptive, to slow down, and maintain what we already have, and balancing work and rest. I am a PhD student in environmental engineering as well a student of forest therapy, and unfortunately I struggle myself with the technology and still growth-oriented approaches and yang energy in engineering and my studies in forest therapy which calls for more yin every. I think it is about balancing both ideas, both yin and yang energies, if we want to make this turn feasible, despite all the path dependencies and lock-ins we have in the world.
This is a challenging age, doubly so for anyone who is connected spiritually with the living earth and who cares deeply about non-human life. The Fourth National Climate Assessment, released towards the end of 2018, presents a dire picture for the future. This isn’t the only recent report from governing bodies globally–report after report continues to paint a clear picture of what humanity is doing, and what we need to do to change. And yet, it seems to be business as usual.
The cycles of nature
When I talk to druids about their thoughts about this present age, there seems to be a few ways to think about it.
First, the glass half empty approach is feeling extremely demoralized, looking at climate change reports and long-term forecasts and seeing the continued inaction on behalf of world leaders. The glass half empty approach may also have feelings that nothing we…
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