Interview with Irene Lalich, from Colorado, America, Earth
Irene’s view of Earth is so amazing, so awesome, very interesting.
:”Irene, how do you feel about, Earth?”
:”The Earth is my home and I value it as such, treating it with care and consideration, knowing that some of my motives are self-serving reasons. I want it to last in all it’s glory and unpredictable situations for all of us and future generations. You cannot truly love the Earth unless you expand that love to all of the creatures that inhabit her, including our diverse human family.
I don’t consider myself a ‘Religious’ person according to traditional standards and the Bible plays more of a role of what I don’t believe as to what I do believe. That being said, I believe that Religion and faith are a personal choice . Do I pass judgment on some beliefs that are embraced? It’s often difficult not to when you come from where I do.
The Native American spirituality saw the Earth as their Mother and the animals as their brothers. They took from Mother Earth only what they needed and wasted nothing They honored the sun and the moon and the stars and all of nature that they did not understand on a scientific level. They honored the animals that provided them with food and clothing —-a thank you. They danced for rain in a humble effort to please the powers that be. They did not believe that you could own the sky, the land, the rivers. Read Chief Seattle’s moving words on the environment and you will be glad you did—Google it—–
Interestingly enough, in many tribes when someone was known to have been born a homosexual, they referred to them as two-spirited and often made them the medicine man. They accepted what they believed to be the natural order of things.——Unlike the white man that plundered the earth and it’s resources, took what they wanted, hunted for ‘sport’, killed animals into extinction and attempted to destroy the Indian Nations that were in the way. This rape of the earth continues to this day—–
I lament the the senseless slaughter and captivity of the creatures that we share this earth with for the entertainment, food and ‘needs(?)’ of humans. I live for the day (probably not in my life time) when Children in China know what a blue sky is and can play outside and breathing is not dangerous and when corporate greed is not the ‘bottom line’ as opposed to what is best for the Earth, when the animals live free and unmolested, when plastic and trash do not litter our oceans and kill it’s inhabitants, when climate deniers admit that we 6 billion humans have contributed to global warming.
When the oil and gas companies are held responsible for the incredible damage that they do to Mother Nature.—-Fracking is a prime example, as is drilling in the Arctic and National parks and protected places, when we stop throwing away bottles, bags, cigarettes, and all forms of trash where ever we happen to be——-When we rush to help the animals whose natural habitat we have destroyed, to include the ocean, rain forests, plains, mountains and deserts.”
: “How were you inspired to respect, Earth?”
: “How am I inspired you ask? How is anyone that is paying attention not inspired?? I have often said that Nature is my church. Is it perfect?, non-violent?, always offering safe refuge?, without rage?, easy to understand? subject to Divine intervention?
No,No,No,No,No and No! As beautiful and inspiring as Mother Nature can be, she can be wicked—-Is that the natural order of things?—–seems to be by this small brain—-I will continue my love affair with the Colorado sky and the incredible artistry of Mother Nature and I will continue to speak out against her destruction and the destruction of her critters, which is like destroying ourselves and hope that we raise our children to be better stewards of our planet than our generations have been so far!!”
It is Chief Seattle who said….”Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”