Inquiry: They shouldn’t pave me over

They shouldn’t pave me over. (Taking the perspective of the land.)

  1. True?
    Yes. I suffocate that way. I am not useful to plants or animals.
  2. Sure?
  3. What happens when I believe that thought?
    • I see it as wrong that humans pave me over. I see them as blind. Greedy. Caught up in a runaway growth.
    • They don’t take into consideration the needs of plants and animals. They don’t see that plants, animals and ecosystems have inherent value.
    • I make them wrong. Misguided. Caught up in the temporary exhuberance of growth.
  4. Who would I be without it?
    • I see that they are doing what they think is best for them.
    • I know it is only temporary. It will change, either through humans changing their ways or the elimination of them. Species come and go, and so it is for humans as well.
  5. Turnarounds.
    • They should pave me over.
      • They do what they think is best for them, even if I don’t agree.
      • It is an expression of life. Paving over land is the Earth paving over parts of itself, as an expression of itself and its creativity. It is a phase, and it may be misguided or not depending on how we look at it, but it is still an expression of life and the creativity of the Earth and this universe.
    • I shouldn’t pave me over.
      • Yes, that is more true. I pave myself over when I believe that thought. I get buried in the dynamics around my own belief.
      • I pave myself over whenever I believe any story. I blind myself. Make myself less fertile, less available for life. Less available for life to find support in me.

Taking on this role helped me find new sides with myself. What stands out is how seeing a story as a story makes me more available for life, and for providing nurishment for life.

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