The Other Mother’s Day

Written by on May 10, 2014 in Eco-Friendly, Environment, Nature with 0 Comments

Neil Rogin – Pachamama Alliance

The Oxford dictionary defines Mother’s Day as “a day of the year on which mothers are honored by their children.”  That would also be a good definition for Earth Day, would it not?

Which is why I often refer to Earth Day as the Other Mother’s Day.

Somehow, this year, as we honor everyone’s mother, it seems especially important that we also honor the Mother of everyone.  After all, our long suffering and infinitely patient planetary matriarch has done what all mothers are supposed to do — she birthed us, nurtured and protected us, given us food and shelter, and provided us with everything we need to survive and to thrive.  And how do we repay this complete and utter generosity?  Don’t get me started.

Given the destructive impact our gifted species has thus far had on the health and well being of our common Mother, it would be easy to embark on a well-deserved guilt trip. But that would not be useful.  And in a way, would be getting us off the hook.  Feeling bad is the price we pay for doing wrong, especially in the unique relationship we have with our own mothers.  I am reminded of the time when I forgot my mother’s birthday.  I called the next day to apologize.  I said, “Mom, I feel terrible about what happened.”  She responded, “Well, as long as you feel bad, that’s all I can ask.”  Hmmm.

What would be useful is to turn and face unflinchingly into the truth of what we are doing.  And to recognize that if present trends continue, there is a word for the impact we are having:  Matricide.  I don’t think it is possible to feel bad enough to balance that one.

If the story of our species were to be written today, it would be a Greek tragedy.  But that story is still unfinished.  We are at what in Hollywood would be called a “plot point” a moment of choice that takes the action into an entirely different direction. In this part of the story we are being asked to cast our vote on a kind of cosmological referendum on the human experiment.  The Future: Yes or No.  Are we destined to be Easter Island writ large? (Google it.)  Or will we take our place in the great community of life as we were intended, and become the caretakers, the stewards of this miraculous planetary being within whom we are so intimately embedded?

It would appear the human race really is a race — a race to get somewhere that no one seems to be able to define, a race between artificial intelligence on the one hand and artificial stupidity on the other.  Will we use our technical brilliance to choose between, as futurist Buckminster Fuller called it,  “Weaponry or Livingry”? Will we harness our genius in the service of our fear or of our connectedness?  Will we continue in our delusion of separation and suffering? Or will we see humanity as it truly is, the way our indigenous partners see us  — as an ethnic group, each members of the same family who live in gratitude for and service of the Mother of us all? Both Earth Day and Mother’s Day converge, as we at last honor the Mama in Pachamama, and become who we really are – not merely human beings, but Humankind.

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About Neal Rogin: Neal Rogin is a multi-award winning writer and filmmaker whose work has reached millions of people around the world. He is also the co-author of several critically acclaimed books, including The Trimtab Factor, with Harold Willens (Wm. Morrow & Company, New York), The Owner’s Manual for Your Life, and You Don’t Have to Rehearse to Be Yourself, both with Stewart Emery (Doubleday, New York). You can learn more about his work at The Awakening Universe.


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