Life on Earth, or the Enlivened Earth?
This lichen clings to the blue stone of our patio. I’ve probably stepped on it dozens of times this summer going about my business. And while I’ve gone to great lengths trumpeting the value of care in my process, from the standpoint of this here lichen, I am simply oblivious. Yet to find a similar life form to lichen on any other rock floating in space would be considered the discovery of the century.
In my process I’ve gone to great lengths to acknowledge my bumpkin-ness, the sophomoric greenhorn that never quite gets what is really going on. Jung made the point that we are but in caveman kindergarten. And to that end, whenever we work hard enough and dig deep enough, it’s possible to come up against the broader collective reality that is awaiting a breakthrough to consciousness. Is it really life on earth? Perhaps the point is that we are part of the enlivened earth. The quickening that occurs around this planet is not designed primarily for man and lest we wake up to our ignorance, a rude awakening awaits us. The scales of the climate will happily topple us from our usurpers thrown.