"I need to be clear. I’m in favor of good intentions.
But it’s offensive to me that people try to meditate carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, or pretend that working on their precious little “conscious evolution” will help stop global warming, *when we aren’t doing the work that is needed in the physical world.*
This is analogous to standing on railroad tracks trying to meditate a train to a stop, focusing our intention on the train instead of focusing our intention on stepping off the tracks, or better yet, pulling up the tracks and blowing up the bridges. To stop a train, you dismantle the infrastructure that allows the train to run. To curtail global warming, you dismantle the infrastructure that causes global warming.
We all know what we must do to curtail global warming. We must dismantle every oil refinery, every pipeline, every oil and natural gas well. We must dismantle the infrastructure that is killing the planet. Global warming is caused by the burning of oil and gas. Those who profit from the burning of oil and gas will not voluntarily stop profiting from the burning of oil and gas, even at the expense of life on the planet… We need to deprive them of their means to kill life on this planet. Meditating won’t do that.
…In other words, once the destructiveness of this culture is brought to a stop, it will be up to trees and oceans and soils and grasses to do their part by helping to heal the grievous harm this culture has caused. That is where prayer helps. But if we don’t first do our part, then our so-called prayers - our “intention,” our “conscious evolution” - are in all truth blasphemy. We have to do the real work, and then we may do the real praying.”
~ Derrick Jensen (co-author of the book Deep Green Resistance), in “The Derrick Jensen Reader” pp. 403-404
Photo: Bear tracks on beach with razor clam shell, by Stacy Boom