What I wrote about the fall may have been influence by the introduction a colleague of Tom Cowan’s, Sandra Ingraham, wrote for Yearning for the Wind.
“Once upon a time a spell was cast upon people across the land. The spell made people believe we are all separate beings with no connection to each other and no connection with nature or the rest of life. … Happiness only came from financial gain, collecting material objects, and having power over people, the animal world and all nature.”
How else can you explain the attitude that would turn this country into an armed camp? That our neighbors and the people around us are so dangerous we have to be armed to the teeth.
We don’t know what made the
Connecticut shooter tick. But, who knows? A
thousand years ago he might have been happy in an enclosed monastic order
copying manuscripts. At the beginning of the age of exploration he might have been a well known map maker.Two hundred years ago he might have been a mountain man.
Who knows? I do know that there are fewer and fewer places in our society for
the square pegs. And more and more people who would have been productive
members of society in the past are labeled “defective” and shoved to the
There must be a better way. There has to be.