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Holy hurricane

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005
Hurricane Katrina, August 29 2005 8:20am EDT

Hurricane Katrina, August 29 2005 8:20am EDT, just before landfall

“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.”
Chief Seattle

I know I’m not the only one that Katrina has got stirred up into a holy hurricane, but that’s certainly how I’m feeling right now. The name Katrina means ‘holy’. But anyone who thinks that implies some kind of divine vengeance has missed the whole meaning of the word ‘holy’. Same root as ‘whole’. That means the whole. Not any part of it (like God) vs any other part of it (like man). Something that is holy is therefore of the whole. And the whole is acting for the good of the whole. Mother Earth is cleansing herself of the species that behaves as if it’s separate from the whole. Our behaviour has become too parasitic to be tolerated by the organism of which we are part and on which we depend.

It seems hard to avoid feelings of deep disgust at the manner in which the Bush administration have apparently responsed to the crisis in New Orleans as The Big Easy fast becomes The Big Diseasey (thanks, Mark Krueger, for that one). The concern about cracking down on looters seems, if anything, slightly more pressing than coming to the aid of the people affected by the hurricane. Interesting, that. Such things inevitably reveal the shadow dynamics at play in the psyche. Bluntly, it evidences the shadow looters lurking in the seat of government. You know the ones I mean – those zeros fiddling the expenses while home burns.

It’s as if the hurricane has ripped into America’s underbelly and exposed the rot from the guts to the heart, and by extension, the rot in the heart of all societies buying into the greed and exploitation brandname (which is getting to be pretty much most of the world these days). That there is rot in America’s heart is inevitable perhaps, considering how the country was founded – through the systematic theft of an entire continent and the annihilation of its indigenous peoples in a way that makes Hitler look like a pussy cat.

And lest we in Europe are tempted to feel smug, don’t forget where it started, or all the other nations whose land has been stolen and peoples destroyed. All in the name of greed and delusions of overweening superiority we think gives us the right to march into other countries and tell them how to live their lives. Step outside of that way of thinking for a minute, and the pomposity and arrogance of it seem almost unbelievable. Yet we’re so accustomed to it we don’t even see the extent to which pervades our societies. Have we really abolished slavery? Or has it simply taken another form?

A dream last night in which there was a very clear message. Huge natural forces like the tsunami and Katrina will continue until humankind realises that the ground rules have changed and adapts accordingly. The rules HAVE changed, whether humankind wants to acknowledge it or not, and there’s nothing we can do about it. Mother Earth IS cleansing herself, not the future tense implied by ‘will’. An indication that the Philippines is possibly next.

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