Author: The Activist

Garbage and Soul: all things are alive and beautiful

Nature doth thus kindly heal every wound. By the mediation of a thousand little mosses and fungi, the most unsightly objects become radiant of beauty…seen with the eye of the poet , as God sees them, all things are alive and beautiful. -Henry David Thoreau   This past week I attended a fascinating talk titled “Garbage and the Soul – Reclaiming the Rejected.”   The talk, presented to the Comox Valley C.G. Jung Society by that Matt Kelly, a Comox Valley Jungian analyst, kept a full to capacity meeting enthralled for two hours considering some surprising and intriguing aspects of the enigmatic question: “Does what we reject/trash in the outer world (garbage) mirror/come from our treatment of unwanted aspects of our inner life?”—sort of the flip side of the famous Chief Seattle quote: “What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth. This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” So our treatment of garbage is more like an equilibrium than a one way flow: how we treat the complex world of nature affects the parameters of how we view/treat ourselves; how we treat the...

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BC Elections: The Art of the Story

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’ ‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat. ‘I don’t much care where -‘ said Alice. ‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat. ‘- so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation. ‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.” —Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Oh, my gosh, it’s the silly season in BC. Sure as the giving season arrives every year on the wings of the retreating sun, the silly season arrives in BC every four years ushered in on the wings of another BC election. It’s certainly been that way for the fifty years I have been around the Alice in Wonderland world of BC politics. I always protest these exercises in public inanity, but—I must admit– they are in a hookah smoking caterpillar kind of way–entertaining. Remember the 2013 BC Liberal campaign that picked some magical number out of the clouds about Liberally nourished liquefied natural gas creating 100,000 jobs, $1 trillion in economic activity and a $100 billion “Prosperity Fund”? Just like all the other absurd Liberal/Socred campaign promises they dropped the hookah and moved on to the next fantasy as soon as the public mind had been sufficiently smoked...

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Sunnydale

The comprehension of limits is a shattering experience; as shattering as the discovery that the earth is not flat and not the centre of the cosmos. -John N. Cole  Once there was a lovely little town. All the people (about 10,000) loved the fine weather and bright sun that shone down on them year after year, so they named their blessed little village Sunnydale. After people lived there for a long time they began to think that the sun had taken a special liking to their town and saved all its brightest, most vibrantly mellow rays just for their village. Sunnydale was special for other reasons too. It was surrounded with lush green forests, broken only by gentle meadows where long waving grasses mixed with the wildflowers in the most delightful arrangements. The valley bottom was full of rich fertile soil and grew some of the finest crops in the nation. When the people first came to Sunnydale, they looked on the rich soil, the clean water, the bright sunshine, and the tall forests. The land was good, so the people set about building houses, planting gardens, and raising their families. They held dances to celebrate the goodness of the land and the vigor of health that ran through their bodies. Unfortunately, nothing stays the same, and over the years, things began to change. Oil was pumped out of...

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Conversations for a Better World

“The internet and the e-culture it anchors masks and drowns out the subtle and vital information contact with the real world once provided. There are lessons, enormous lessons, lessons that may be crucial to the planet’s persistence as a green and diverse place and also to the happiness of its inhabitants-that real, visceral connection with other people and nature teaches and the internet can’t.” ― Bill McKibben, lightly paraphrased “We need to create a different experience of time where we live life in slower, more reflective ways, savoring our lives and recapturing exuberance and laughter.”            — Cecil Andrews, lightly paraphrased Over the years I have attended a long list of workshops but-out of all of them-only two stand out in my memory. One week-long workshop I took many years ago titled “Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill,” was based on Jungian dream interpretation. It gave me insights to myself and my connection to all of life that I will never forget. The other workshop/seminar that continues to inform my life after many years was by Cecil Andrews and titled Slow life—good life. It was based on Cecil’s book Slow is Beautiful. It sticks in my memory partly because of the story she began the seminar with—a story about how she shops at a small grocery store where she examines the food she is buying carefully and appreciatively calling...

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Growing a sustaining and sustainable local food system

Strategies to enhance a sustaining and sustainable local food system submitted by David Wicklund After having spent most of my life involved in agriculture from operating a conventional 1600 acre Saskatchewan farm to two degrees in Agriculture including a Master’s in Regenerative Agriculture, to lead hand at Comox Valley’s Pattison Certified Organic Farm, I have become convinced that small scale organic vegetable farming is the key to producing healthy food, a healthy local economy and a more mutually sustaining relationship with our Earth. Scale For a moment I want to set aside the larger argument for organic farming and focus on the associated idea of small scale. Scale (small) is key to farming that is sustaining, sustainable AND doable. Small scale farming is the only way the large majority of perspective young farmers can make a reality of their dreams of supporting a family while living their dream of producing healthy food in a sustainable way. The idea of the family farm is facing serious challenges due to the aging farming population with limited interest in extending the family connection to farming.  I regularly meet young people who are enthused about farming, especially organic, but the cost of purchasing an existing conventional farming operation is significant/very often prohibitive. Even when land is available, the cost of machinery to run a conventional farm can be as limiting as land costs....

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