As I write this essay, it is Memorial Day in the year 2013. I just read an entry on Facebook that offered gratitude to all of those past and present who have given of their time and often their lives to keep our country free. We are able to traverse the land from ‘sea to shining sea’ without having to cross a border, show a passport or be turned away because of our background.
But are we really free? The total irony of what is occurring even as I type these words is enough to send me proselytizing from every rooftop and mountain. We send our men and women to far away lands to keep us, in the United States of America, safe from the ravages of war and terrorism. And simultaneously, we are under chemical attack on this very soil at the hands of our own countrymen.
As the food we eat becomes poisoned at the hands of companies like Monsanto, Dow and their subsidiaries, every man, woman, child and animal is at risk of a multitude of physical as well as emotional repercussions. The incidence of allergies, autism, thyroid disorders, bowel disease and more are on the rise and this is no coincidence. Not a surprise when poisons have been introduced into our soil and water and our animals, not to mention Dow Chemical’s ‘brilliant’ resolution to solve the dilemma of herbicide-tolerant weeds with 2,4-D – a derivative of Agent Orange. To quote Jeffrey Smith, author of ‘Seeds of Deception’ in his conversation with John Robbins in the book ‘Voices of the Food Revolution’: Instead of going back to more sustainable programs and approaches, they are introducing these Agent Orange crops, which are guaranteed to flood our bodies and our environment with an acutely toxic substance. It is an example of the kind of skewed and profit-driven thinking of the industrial model of agriculture that completely ignores the consequences for health, environment, wildlife, and future generations.”
Deep breath here.
Two quotes from two very wise people come to mind when I think of our efforts to change our food industry from one of greed to one of compassion:
“What we resist, persists.” – Carl Jung
And Mother Teresa’s response when asked if she would march against the war in Vietnam: “No, but if you have a march for peace, I will be there.”
I abhor the current behavior of the major corporations that have poisoned the land, the animals, and our food, as well as taken a devastating toll on the livelihood of farmers everywhere. But I also realize that, as advice offered in the quotes shared above, rather than use our energy sending daggers of condemnation on what has taken place and is still taking place, what we must do now is bond together and move our cities, country and the planet in the direction of health, equanimity and oneness.
Only through our combined heart-centered efforts can we overcome the actions of those who value their own wealth above the health and wellbeing of Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants.
One more quote came to mind and I must admit that I am having a bit of a difficult time honoring the wisdom. One of the greatest leaders of all time, when hanging on a cross said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
And so I move forward in a positive direction doing what I can to influence the healing of our planet, reminding others of their innate abilities to heal themselves. I will also do my best to be compassionate with those who, out of fear, are tethered to a lifestyle that threatens our very survival. Only through love and example will transformation occur.