Worshiping the Dead

In an earth that looks like this…


… humans build large cellular structures, which they then inhabitat, to turn them into wombs, that they can leave every day to teach their children the arts of cell-making and war and to go to a “grocery store” …


… to purchase foods grown in other cellular structures …


… which are representations of human will, sculpted to allow machine access. In this case, it’s an apple orchard. This world of body-imagining is represented most clearly today as communication. A better word for that within this world of inhabited matrices is transportation.


These are all images of humanism. What a strange culture it is that sets human ethical concerns apart from the earth in such a way that when there is a balance it is often one that is neither ethical nor of the earth.


Cultures that worship the dead live like this — cultures that use their bodies to animate the dead and keep them alive. Often, this process is called a financial return on capital investment. It doesn’t matter what it is called. In this world, nature is displayed, as something to be observed in cellular structures called parks. The people who tend nature there are called gardeners.


What they are are practical ethical philosophers, the front line fighters working to keep the boundaries between human ethical and social concerns and the living world separate. It takes a lot of work. It’s work that would be better spent bringing people and plants together outside of representations of human bodies and will. It would mean greening cities and recognizing mountain ecosystems as exquisite urban spaces.


Until then, the game of fighting to contain the earth within the image of a human body will remain — a fight that will never be won.

2 replies »

  1. It’s been great having you here, Gloria. These pics weren’t even in the Okanagan, and look what they did. Oh dear. Blessings on your travels and words and you.


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