the tao of jaklumen

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I want to hope, too, just in a different way


This is a response to mudlips’s post I want to hope.  I thought about what she had to say over and over as I had met and knew people with similar reactions of sadness and anger over human environmental degradation.  I was writing a comment and realized it was much too long and needed to be in a post of my own.

I was an environmental studies student, and I worked with an environmental educator at city hall. I was a Boy Scout. I have talked with friends that have shared knowledge with me about geology, archeology, anthropology, and how flora and fauna live both in wild and domestic contexts. I am LDS/Mormon, but also consider myself a philosophical Taoist. I suppose I am of the stewardship school as far as the Earth.

I am reluctant to see the Earth overall as nuturing, comforting, although it can be all those things in particular instances. Mostly, I suffer from nerve damage and other health concerns that have me howling and groaning in pain when the temperature drops, the humidity rises, or there is other clashes of weather. I am grateful for the rain when it comes out here– it waters my humble garden and orchard, but it often hurts like hell these days.

I have seen examples that lead me to believe that Mother Nature is impartial, and will slay any wanderer that is not prepared and vigilant. I love technology, yet find some respite in observing nature, and even what view I can get of the cosmos.

I see myself as an Indigo Man– I want to know my place in the universe, and have a sense of that place. My wife calls me a “seeker of truth”; as my soulmate, she knows of my ancient quest to know the song of the stars, and the interconnectedness of all things throughout the senses, and the artistic expressions of such. She remembers my friendship with an old music-loving soul that admired my thoughts, although much of the world knows of him much more than it does of me.

What does that mean in my context here (my blog theme, currently) of the Monomyth?  While I think this mortal existence is beautiful, I still see it as a journey.  I reject Platonic implications that our universe in tangible form is an imperfect copy of concepts and ideas.  Nor do I think that spirit is superior to the body, as some early Christians in the Hellenistic world surmised.  No, I look forward to a day when spirit is fused to body more perfectly, not with blood, but with light.  I look forward to the day…

…till all are one.

Author: jaklumen

Wherever you see "jaklumen", that's me- the username is still unique as of the current year. Be aware that the facet you see, is only a small part of the me that is me.

2 thoughts on “I want to hope, too, just in a different way

  1. Thank you for contributing to the conversation, and linking to my post. I too see nature as impartial and sometimes merciless. It’s a hard world out there and that’s why I say it’s a world of contradictions: incredibly beauty and incredible difficulty. For me the harsh realities of nature, however, don’t detract from marvelous, wondrous things that co-exist with the ugly and painful. I prescribe to a school that believes one cannot exist without the other, so I don’t suggest that we turn a blind eye to the realities of nature, but that we look at it ALL in amazement. I do suggest though, that there are many people who aren’t looking – either they don’t know how to look or are denying our inclusion as part of nature. Bottom line is that I just want more people to start looking what’s at stake if we do irreparable harm. For those not looking it will be easier to look at the beauty (but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and eventually one may see beauty in all realities of nature). Thanks again for reading and commenting, I appreciate your perspective.


    • Wow. What an eloquent, articulate reply. Yes, I agree, completely. I think it’s worthwhile to care about the world we live in, and our place in it, in a plethora of ways, and be mindful of our capacity to heal and to harm.


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