Regina, Saskatchewan; Canada
In the beginning the same people, Pagans, barbarians, heathens, witches, warriors, those people preached against by religion-perfectionists, founded the Feast of Spirit, crowned its goblets, entertained its bounty; all of this was in one hall, that of Nature, for back then there was not any strict segregation between Nature and Spirit, and Science and Religion (before they were named); Nature and Spirit were interwoven, therefore Science and Religion were too. One might become, it seemed, as natural and scientific through Spiritual and religions things, as spiritual through Natural and scientific things. Any seemed a path and part of the other. Men partook of the feast thus, spiritual naturalists, and natural spiritualists. Nature had Spirit, and Spirit had Nature.
Until the new guest and the name of Religion came. The Religion was not pleased with the Nature; though it loved very much the Spirit. It decided that such a Spirit must come from a seperate Hall, a heavenly Headquarters for it might never believe that the center is such a base place as this. Religion now gathered influence and force and moved as much of the Feast of Spirit indoors as it seemed possible; as it seemed to give him a sense of being out of Nature's hall and into a specialized detachment where he may nurture better relationships with Headquarters, the seperate hall where Spirit must come from and go to.
All men now are supposed go to that House and be indoors in order to find Spirit, and be the more influenced because those manmade structuralisms are the only path to Headquarters. Nature now is a corpse, and naturalists are corpse lovers. All the spirit must be inddoors and in books and special structuralism. If you don't go indoors, you are corpselover. Into these Houses of Perfectionism, the feast of Spirit was scattered and taken out of the Hall of Nature, for men cloy themselves in all things, and thereafter become perfectionists wishing for More and More. The same thing happened with Nature.
Naturalists became and become detached too and perfectionists in their own way as Scientists, often making nature out to be absolute on its own, taking it out of spirit, and enforcing the idea that spirit only comes from a "seperate" place in Man's mind, just as Spiritualists became and become detached as Religionists from the natural often making Spirit as an absolute on its own, taking it out of nature, and enforcing the idea that spirit only comes from that detached hall and Headquarters that are above and beyond man's mind and all nature.
Such ideals leave little sacredness "outdoors." For both Religionists and Scientists have forced EVERYTHING spiritual "indoors" and forced it to be attributed always to something Beyond, or to the habits of the human Mind; so now when we go "outdoors" there is no more ceremony, no sacredness, no stateliness, no special respect; all we do find is the world, the flaws of flesh and temporariness of elemental combinations. We no more see native spirit interwoven anymore; for Religionists and Scientists have decided it is all only native to their special "Centers"
For these it is all beyond and for those it is all in the head.
So acknowledging the goodness in Nature and Spirit, but also the illnesses, man wishes the spiritual goodness to be housed seperatly from the illnesses of nature. And no men should be treated wrong for wishing that or believing in it; but I believe that men shall face the truth that there may be no such absolute segregation of things and that spiritual goodness increase may only be conjunction with natural increase and goodness.
I believe Spirit shall always have Nature, and Nature shall always have Spirit.
[This message has been edited by Essorant (05-09-2004 03:45 PM).]