Just want to share a beautifully powerful prologue in the book Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her by Susan Griffin. These sentences below speaks volumes at what is actually a deeply fundamental flaw with the culture that is civilisation. A fundamentally deep flaw with us males brought up in this culture. The dominating culture among us humans on the planet today.
”He says that woman speaks with nature. That she hears voices from under the earth. That wind blows in her ears and trees whisper to her.
That the dead sing through her mouth and the cries of infants are clear to her. But for him this dialogue is over. He says he is not part of this world, that he was set on this world as a stranger. He sets himself apart from woman and nature.
And so it is Goldilocks who goes to the home of the three beers, Little Red Riding Hood who converses with the wolf, Dorothy who be-friends a lion, Snow White who talks to the birds, Cinderella with mice as her allies, the Mermaid who is half fish, Thumbellina courted by a mole. (And when we hear the Navaho chant of the mountain that a grown man sits and smokes with bears and follows directions given to him by squirrels, we are surprised. We had thought only little girls spoke with animals.)
We are the bird’s eggs. Bird’s eggs, flowers, butterflies, rabbits, cows, sheep; we are caterpillars; we are leaves of ivy and sprigs of wallflower.
We are women. We rise from the wave. We are gazelle and doe, elephant and whale, lilies and roses and peach, we are air, we are flame, we are oyster and pearl, we are girls. We are woman and nature. And he says he cannot hear us speak.
But we hear.”
First thing I thought of after I read that was a quote from American Environmentalist Writer and Philosopher Derrick Jensen ”The culture as a whole and most of its members are insane. The culture is driven by a death urge, an urge to destroy life.”
They fit nightmarishly well to me.