In my observances and discussions throughout my, so far, short life, I’ve come across many different beliefs and explanations of what happens when we die. From nothing to everything.
It is not my intention for this post to go into what lies beyond this life. I have talked to many people who have had near death experiences. I have been lucky enough to speak with people who were clinically dead and came back. I have been at the door of death myself, and have carried on discussions with those who have already gone.
What I have learned is no straight answers. There are similarities and great differences. But I think that is the answer in itself.
We are all individuals, we group together or pull apart based on our individualities. This individuality is where the differences stem.
This society in America is known for mass production. It even tries to mass produce a society. But you can’t change how we are made. We will always be individual. No matter how much time and effort is put into mass producing a culture, it will not fully eventuate. It can’t because in order for humans to exist, they have to be different. That is part of living, but also a part of surviving, and it is the core of life itself.
Americans are beginning to understand the imbalance created by the destruction of species variations. Yet so many fail to grasp that lack of variations in human societies is just as destructive.
The ones behind this current society want the lack of individuality, for the purpose of control.
If you’ve ever played the board game called risk, imagine a million players with vast variations that need to be figured in. Instead, if you have twenty opponents with slight variations, but who are very similar, it’s much easier to control the board, to know what all your opponents are doing all at once.
All their work, thousands of years of work to control the board, and in turn dominate, is all for naught. This isn’t a belief of mine, it is a knowing, through knowing people, and how vastly different they are. Knowing that a thousand years of learning will not come close to knowing people in all their complexities. A knowing that to try and control humanity is a death sentence for it.
One of the ways I see the world we life in, might be considered strange by many. I see that a requirement for life to live, is for life to be taken. As soon as a baby is created in the womb, it needs food. That food must come from the death of some living thing. Plant or animal, they both live, think feel, know, have societal structures, communities, friends, enemies.
I believe that as corn was given as a gift of food for the people, so were animals put into our circle to provide. In planting our corn, we enter into an age old agreement to protect and care for that plant, to carry the seed onto another generation, to keep it pure as a gift given. So do we also have a responsibility to hold to our agreements with the animals to provide for them a place they can call home, so they can carry their seed untainted to the next generation.
In this service to them, they provide for us a way to provide for our people, and pass our seed on to another generation untainted.
Death is a natural part of the cycle of life. But just because this is a natural part of life does not mean it should be embraced. There is a required balance to all things.
When we look to respect all life, we seek to minimize our destruction to what is a requirement of life. A deer was made with just enough brains to tan its own hide, no more no less.
When we hunt for the food to feed the people, we enter into a responsibility to waste nothing. The life of the deer is a precious thing, but they are in our circle for food that we need to live healthy lives. So we must take this precious life, but in doing so, we can be responsible. We can keep them from being a sport, only take what we need, was is absolutely needed, no more, no less.
We can look for food that is given without a loss of life. Like fruits, nuts, seeds, grains.
Respect for life, even in the taking of it. The culture I was raised in would consider that an oxymoron. But in gathering the knowledge of the natures of various forms of life, in looking at our own natures and how they work with and against the natures of others, one can see our place in the circle. Listening to our own bodies, seeing what makes us healthier and sicker, we can see what we need. Hard work to a certain point is required to keep us fit. Hard work requires strong muscles. Strong muscles require certain nutrients. But there is more to the health of muscle than nutrients.
There is an energy in the muscle that requires fuel. Red meat for red meat. It’s a simple understanding that has been complicated to the point of ridiculousness.
Even my own people lost sight of this. When they began to take the lives of humans for food. Humans aren’t in the circle of food for humans. This is evidenced by the mind sickness that can come. We can eat the brains of many animals with no ill effect. But when we eat the human brain, our minds can get sick. This is a message in itself. The twisting of the knowledge given of what is good food, shows up in the twisting of the body.
The death that is required for our life was set into a balance. We cannot lose sight of that, or it will be to our detriment and that of the earth.