“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.

Marcus Garvey

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Today’s consumeristic society, largely driven by pride, greed and envy, appears on the outside as the apex of human achievement. Who doesn’t get a feeling of awe gazing from a hillside vista over the lights of Los Angeles on a dark night? If man is the measure of all things, and we have been able to create such an advanced economic, technological network that encompasses the whole world in the form of globalistic almost-living extension of human creativity and endeavor then, in some respects, it seems absurd to question where we are, and where we are going, by proposing that we must strive to re-connect with our ancestral traditions and spiritual insights; but I indeed advance this idea…and suggest we will be healthier and better suited not only to endure in this phase of civilization, but progress to even greater heights.

We may take pride in our technical society, and even assume we, as humans, have evolved into something more advanced than our ancestors, but we haven’t.  There are still tribes of people deep in the Amazon rainforest who live a stone-age existence. Take a well-educated, trendy urban professional man or woman, strip them naked, and insert them into that tribe and they will be no different than those people, in fact they will be at a disadvantage as they would have to be taught how to acquire food and protect themselves from predators.  The point here is that we have what we see now as advanced technology, but we are still the same creatures that ultimately depend on the same things as our ancestors – food, shelter…and social connection.

We are increasingly becoming isolated, and who could wonder why when consumeristic society itself creates a conformity, a goal of a culturally homogenous global population united in the quest…well…of money and status?  We no longer have meaningful rituals that initiate us into the tribe, which ultimately is an extension of the extended family. Marriage is stubbornly clinging on as a connection to another person but even that is difficult to maintain if men and women adopt the “trade-in” mentality towards even relationships. Is it any wonder that marriage rates, and thus birth rates, are at an all-time low in western nations – and on the decline?  And in Japan we even see the emergence of “herbivore men” who are generally young and have given up on seeking long-term relationships with women.  This social phenomenon is catching on in Europe and the USA as well with many people choosing gaming or pornography to fill up their non-working time, or seeking short-term flings.

Our ancestors knew the value of family, of respect for traditions that bonded people together, of looking to ancestral knowledge, and finally of the spiritual connection people can gain through being in nature. Strange we now have psychological experts telling us that spending time alone in nature is an incredible way to improve our psychological well-being and our physical health. People in the distant past knew that without even having a degree in medicine or psychology. If you have read my third book, “Freedom from Conscience – Deliverance from Evil” you will recall the insights the main character learns from her initial ordeal; she discovers her true potential in abandoning her clothing and any modern weapons, and losing herself in the forests of the Cascades — not pitting herself against nature as an adversary, but rather returning to it on its terms as a huntress. Of course she has hunted prior to this, but that was humans who had done evil within the context of “civilized” society.

In conclusion maybe it is time to listen to the whispers of those who are in our genetic chain-of-life, of the spirits of the forests, oceans and deserts. Sometimes “modern” society drowns them out, but if we learn to listen…

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