Earlier this week a man I am newly connected to, through that odd parallel universe known as Facebook and its Kevin Bacon six degrees of separation matrix, challenged me to take a hashtag comment I synopsized of his post reading, #earthlovevirus, and write something more about how it would “be”. And, in truth I have pondered for a couple of days what would this mean? How should it manifest? What would the end result, in a perfect world, be?
Then I got bogged down in The Lord of the Rings trilogy – which I had never watched – and suddenly between the eye candy presented by (in no particular order) David Wenham (hair just a tad too long), Viggo Mortensen (ditto, but oh gosh that jaw – until the beard grew in – and those eyes), Orlando Bloom (blond and pony-tailed, nah), and Sean Bean (oh, dear gawd, hurt me perfection), sorry, I digress, it was in the depths of Middle Earth that the truest basis of #earthlovevirus found resonance for me. What J RR Tolkien saw so clearly, that we are in the midst of REALLY EXPERIENCING NOW, as he published his trilogy in comparative ease of reclamation of normal to be found in the post-World War II culture of the 1950s, is the edge of the end of days and the potential of stopping it. (No, I am not a doomsday prophecy, conspiracy theorist, I am a practical realist that sees we are pretty close to where the Hobbits were – evil, malevolence and despair bearing down upon their kingdom and those of all their neighbors.) The trees of Middle Earth barren and destroyed, the waters lit with burning gases, the landscape dark, oppressed populations being lead by incompetent and prideful rulers surrounded by sycophants who seek only to enrich their personal position at any cost.
In the final installment, Return of the KIng, Merry, one of the hobbits, says to Eowyn: […If I were a knight of Rohan, capable of great deeds. But I’m not. I’m a Hobbit. And I know I can’t save Middle-Earth…]
Well, that is the crux of it, all of it, isn’t it? Faced with all the dis-ease, corruption of soul and planet, climate change, pain, economic ruin, the seeming insurmountable odds to right what is wrong, humanity has become like the Hobbits – we feel weak, disoriented, dare I say, emasculated? … until, the ultimate battle at Gondor proves that a Hobbit is just as powerful as any other, perhaps more so because neither they, nor any other species, held expectations of their greatness. #earthlovevirus I think is like that – precisely.
As we totter on the brink of complete ruin we are challenged to actualize our greatest human capacity, to slough off all that is ugly and set about remediation of everything about our existence. Each does as s/he can do, is inspired to do, can be counselled into heightened awareness. Hobbits and humans, we think we are not powerful, are actually inadequate, but it isn’t that, is it?
In the words of Marianne Williamson:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Just so, that #earthlovevirus needs to take hold of each of us in a different way allowing our greatest efforts to improve upon and shine in the space that our feet stand upon and how far our arms can reach. Some of us, just like Frodo Baggins and Aragorn, will be challenged to stand taller but (with great hope) a higher degree of humility in leading by example.
#earthlovevirus – I hope you catch it, and you serve as a carrier for its contagion before it is too late…
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