Human Rewilding on Public Lands

With the anthropocene epoch firmly established and the destruction of the earth and the gutting of the human soul as inescapable realities in our time, more and more people are exploring the notion and practice of rewilding as a solution to the anthropocene calamity.  Yet, two conflicting and seemingly irreconcilable approaches to rewilding have divided […]

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The creation is a song!

The earth is alive.  Everything is enchanted.  Those steeped in the framework of a western mind scoff at this claim.  They discount an enchanted universe as a residual notion from a “primitive” era, with no place in our postmodern culture.  Postmodernism has deconstructed the creation into scattered, orphaned, lifeless fragments without a coherent voice, without a […]

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Live as a person of color

Black and white morality ends in fifty shades of gray Fundamentalism produces a creepy schizophrenia Of puritanical repression and libertine release On camera the televangelist prostitutes himself as a hireling priest Off camera he seeks salvation in a hired harlot The senator rails against homosexuality, While tapping his foot in the bathroom stall. Prudes behaving […]

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Mary and the rebirth of Wilderness: Rewilding and the Virgin Birth

Mary and the rebirth of Wilderness:  Rewilding and the Virgin Birth “…and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah” (Matthew 1:16) The genealogy in Matthew chapter one traces the Hebrew people’s flight from the madness of Mesopotamian civilization, the Hebrews’ own […]

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Anti-civilization thought in Thoreau’s “Walking”

“Give me a wildness whose glance no civilization can endure.” Henry David Thoreau is celebrated as the father of the environmental movement in the United States, but many of his writings on ecology, social life, economics and human relations share much in common with the radical anti-civilization or anarcho-primitivist movement. Though he predates the anarcho-primitivist […]

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Happiness is…..a declining birthrate?

In some hospitals, when a child is born, a chime softly rings throughout the hospital to welcome the child into the world. On Wall Street, every time a child is born anywhere in the world, the stock market ticks up five points. Children are good for economic growth. They bring new consumers into the market, […]

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Robinson Jeffers, Edward Abbey and suburban sprawl

Almost everyone over 40 knows of a favorite childhood wild place that has long since been bull-dozed, paved over, built upon and made toxic by human despoilation.  Suburban sprawl, a ruinous result of 20th century economic expansion, has bequeathed to us some of the ugliest places on earth.  In Kentuckiana, include among them the I-65 […]

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Who is Feral Jesus and what is the Feraldom of God?

“We can see that the world that we’ve cut, plotted, paved, tamed, wasted, and mined is not dead and is not lying passively. We can see that wildness lurking both around and within us. And, through this, we can see the end of our own reality and the community of wildness that awaits us.” ~ […]

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