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Green Tapestry This refers to an outlook on life in which all the parts are interconnected. For us all to have true healing and peace, we need to take an overall greening approach to everything. This includes bringing a universal green thumb to all things about life, psyche and spirit - a feeling of nurturing, awe, beauty, and easy does it. This latter means not all things have to be hard work, as it is often is about finesse and efficiency so you can have more time for this and that. Reserve the hard work for the things that really matter. Use your energy and time wisely. Don’t beat yourself up over nonsense. Do not let others use you for meaningless projects. One of the first places for easy does it is to encourage softer approaches in how we humans speak to one another from the earliest days of our development onward. That one thing can set the tone for a more enriching life and peaceful society. Frequently people focus on the income potential and in the process, they wipe out an area to highlight only a small portion of it to make the maximum profit as quickly as possible. An example is how beach fronts become lined up with wall-to-wall resorts and hotels, mostly to look out at the ocean. In the process of developing view properties, everything else about the place is largely destroyed. What is more, those behind these buildings can no longer see out to the ocean normally the way they once did. Those ocean views used to belong to everyone; now only those with the funds to pay for an often costly hotel room or condo get that privilege. Or how people forget a gentle charm often makes folks the happiest, not the high ticket world of costly resort towns. There can be two kinds of people - those who want the fast pace, the money, the things, the sense of modern and upbeat. But many other people prefer the quiet and gentle charm aspect. They are looking for something more, something beyond the obvious, but they want to it look and feel not only attractive, but kind of distinctive and lovely, without losing its soul or sense of kindly and neighborly human interaction. Also people might focus on correct to the point of being overly judgmental and controlling of others. We can internalize the messages given us by our parents or religious groups to be nearly perfect and always good in certain ways. People might have a need to hear certain things in a certain way, and if they don’t get that from us, they could become punishing and harsh with actions and words. Being “good” might depend on what you say to someone else, too - and if a judgmental party gets hold of this information, they might feel it is part of their duty in life to show you a thing or two - just because they feel you don’t treat someone else right. They want to get into the middle of your life and “show you a thing or two” whether what you said was about them or about someone they have preference for over you. We cannot defend ourselves properly from such unfair disciplinary tactics of too many people are able to access our private business through electronic and other communications, or to get at it through social services, medical or other systems. If everything is interconnected and seamless in order to facilitate functions, we can and do lose our privacy. But our privacy can also be invaded in small cities and towns when people are verbally spreading misinformation or private information about you - like from a social services and medical setting to other places you go around town. Lack of privacy can ruin your life, so an overall greening approach is to figure out how to get the various agencies and departments - all part of our infrastructure - to not think and operate like a deep state against people they don’t agree with. Politics and religion can and often do interfere with our privacy, and with insufficient oversight, the whole thing can get out of hand quickly. When the overseeing boards look the other way, are overwhelmed or are part of the deep state, we are all in trouble. A healthy approach to self and life is to not let this sort of thing become the new normal. We deserve better than this. Sometimes it is the disappointment in not getting it just the way we want it, or disapproving of how others express their own feelings, that causes a punishing cycle, either in us or in someone against us. If people inside our police departments or infrastructure have these tendencies, people can go after us just because of something we said or wrote. One way we could be attacked from an infrastructure perspective is if people inside communications (phones, emails, post office), decide to target us. If China was getting inside all things Americans, and if China did not like what Americans had to say, this could happen. If strict religious fundamentalists were inside most things inside a small city or state, and they did not like what an individual there had to say or write, this could also happen. The Green Tapestry approach looks at the big picture and says, “Hey, we are opening our citizens to a bad situation here. Electronic communication is too global - it lets too many unknown people potentially into other people’s private business.” How can we have a private letter with our family member without China or the whole world getting into the middle of it? Nurturing ourselves means we protect ourselves from such invasions because we know we have a right to a better life than that. We create a nation in which we are able to have a private conversation without the world being able to invade or judge it or try to control our speech. We have a right to human dignity here. We balance this out with the fact criminals and terrorists also want that privacy, and because of their bad behavior and tendencies, the rest of us are suffering a deep price in lack of privacy on a moment-by-moment basis. The truth is, electronic communications make it too easy for our privacy to be invaded, but snail mail can be invaded, as well. If people are using what they learn about us to try to control or use Stasi-like punishments on us, we need to know who is doing it and how to protect ourselves. The Green Tapestry suggests that we do not have to be doormats, that we can treat ourselves with dignity and respect, and insist others do the same. In terms of economics, no one wants to be poor and everyone needs money in today's world, no one likes to be a beggar or a leech. The truth is, with all the money spent on ridiculous things, everyone who is a legitimate American citizen - not the loads of immigrants from other countries - could be housed in America. No one should be wandering the streets alone begging for shelter. This is a key issue that many Americans just have not gotten yet because there are so many people fearful of free-loaders. Yet so often projects get millions and billions of dollars without having to go through the shame of begging for housing. And these projects often wind up bad news. It’s just people were connected and able to manipulate the agreements that lead to the deals. It is not that they were better people than those wandering the streets homeless - it is just they knew how to work the system, or were born into families that make it easier to grease the machinery when needed. In addition, many outsiders are interfering with American processes for personal gain. For drug addicts wandering the streets, the best answer always is medicalized drying out and living in a substance abuse free setting until they pull out of it. Nothing less will do. For brain damaged, injured, sick or mentally off people, another kind of setting is needed. But everyone in America needs to have a place to go home to, and those areas need to be crime-free. So often cities disenfranchise people and the human spirit, people get mean and cold in the city, crime builds up. It's the disconnect from nature and life, it's an old story, people have been yearning for the country and nature since cities happened. The idea here is to get the best of both worlds and for cities to not cancel out nature; a type of blending and harmonizing is needed. Not all things are cold, hard and mean in the city…people often find a way to get to know each other, to create a sense of family even among strangers. It’s not that cities in and of themselves are or have to be bad, but there are a lot of things that can be done better about them. For one thing, cities can be a respite from small towns and country living, which can have their own kinds of problems, like low to no employment, religious control or social narrowness, domestic violence and drug and alcohol related issues. High tech can wind up saving nature once older, cruder aspects of tech are already in place. Getting smaller, smarter and more efficient, the clunk, gobble and spewing of older generation systems and machinery might be greatly eradicated, with new ideas and systems for reusing or transforming refuse and pollution. But it is the human spirit that has to be the focus behind all of that, how we treat ourselves and each other. Nurture soul, body, mind and planet, weave a sense of health and vitality into everything, respect the earth, respect the body as a temple, stop the unnecessary aggression and harshness, stop the harsh words, diffuse the competitiveness and greed among people. Make sure there are less people so there is enough for everyone, give everyone the time of day. A tapestry of greening means bringing positive bioenergy force, an upbeat current, a river of life, throughout all of the ideations and manifestations of our existence. Updates: 2022/04/13 some editing; Added a photo of a tree near a high sandstone wall taken in northwestern New Mexico near the Colorado border, fairly close to Navajo Dam. PAGE STARTED-Green tapestry-written 2022/04/12
Photo by Greening Ways