The Dream of the Modern World

An Elegant Mystery

(Image by Pash Galbavy and Larry Pollock)

The following is an excerpt from an article by Martin Winiecki

In the 1990s an unusual encounter took place in the Ecuadorian Amazon. In plant rituals, shamans of the Achuar, a tribe living in pristine forest that had never been in touch with Western civilization, received the warning that the “white man” would try to invade their lands, cut down the forest and exploit the resources. Deeply shaken, they called out to the Spirits for help. Soon after white people did approach them, coming to them however with supportive intentions – a group of activists from the United States, searching for ways to protect Indigenous Peoples from the oil industry. The Westerners found a deeply interconnected tribal society living in profound symbiosis with the Earth. Seeing the bulldozers coming closer and closer, they asked the Elders of the tribe how they could survive…

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3 thoughts on “The Dream of the Modern World

  1. Fear seems a natural response to recognizing our ultimate helplessness. We cure one disease of the body and another one surfaces. We cure prejudice against one race or nation and another one becomes a threat, the “other.” Political solutions always fail. The only ones with the possibility of changing people are spiritual. And those depend on us facing the scary reality that we are what needs to change.

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