This is the first blog here at the Wood Thrush website, as well as my first blog post of the new year.
2014 came with a bang across the globe. Storms, floods, arctic weather in Southerly regions, and general confusion as to what to wear the next day, a parka or swim trunks. The photos and videos from around the globe are truly stunning and awe inspiring. As well as terrifying. My heart and wishes for safety go out to everyone struggling right now.
We are in the full hurricane of Climate Change now and it's only going to get trickier and scarier.
Which is why we need to come closer to each other, rather than farther. Drawing lines across our likes and dislikes, beliefs and non-beliefs, ideologies and fundamentalisms, or colors and religions will only propel us further into chaos and misery. And into the night alone, defenseless and heartbroken once more.
There is no need for that. We are social creatures and we need to re-embrace our socialness, our deep longing to connect emotionally as well as physically. Our tender hearts and delicate bodies attest to our fragility and need for connection. We die without connection. We are snuggle bunnies that just want to play, laugh and love and have been denied this human need by culturally manufactured mores. We have paid a dear price for that loss, not only in the desperation and depression rampant in the world, but in the environmental devastation that removes forever 200 species every day.
Ultimately we humans are fragile beings, we break easily, inside and out, and yet we pretend we can tough out the loneliness, the hardships, the brutal suffering in so many corners of the world and in our own towns. Being tough and brutal has become an ideal, and yet we forget being tough creates a callousness that dehumanizes us. A close and dear friend yesterday described herself as a coward to me. I reminded her that it takes courage to admit fear and we are all afraid and there is nothing to be ashamed of in admitting fear.
All the heroes of the past were fearful as they engaged in their trials. Facing one's fear and embracing it is not cowardice. Even running away to live to fight another day is not cowardice. It's human and precious. As well as smart.
What is cowardice is creating extinction for 200 of Earth's creatures every day out of sheer greed or plain malice.
Cowardice is stripping people of their human right to live lives of beauty and self actualization.
Cowardice is murder for profit.
We all live at the mercy of cowards and our fear is not cowardice, it's awareness of a lousy situation.
The purpose of Wood Thrush productions is to document the struggle of people living under the cowards' boots, to tell the story of people trying to make a world of love and beauty once more, people trying to educate and lift others out of their struggle to survive and up into a life of self actualization.
This is the goal of Wood Thrush as we embark on a new year of struggle, hope, love and self actualization in a collapsing world.
May your New Year bring you love, beauty and self actualization.