Saturday, May 28, 2011

Our legacy

Hands in the earth, one afternoon the thought occurred to me, what is our legacy? What part of us lives on, where is our "immortality" in the physical world?

Well, everything is impermanent, so we should recognize and be okay with the fact that our memory will fade someday. But our influence lives on. Our children, our friends carry the memory of us with them. In a few generations, our memory will be gone too.

What we do to the earth, our landscape and our environment has the potential to be an even longer-lived manifestation of our life's influence. How we landscape, how we treat the soil has lasting impact. Cutting down trees changes everything, we should consider that we could be taking a 100-200 year old's life with our saw's blade. What we build outlives us. How we build outlives us.

The Great Law of The Iroquois Confederacy says, "that in every deliberation, the impact of our actions on the next seven generations should be considered."

I try to uphold the integrity of that statement. I have much room for improvement, but slowly over the last 10 or so years I come leaps and bounds toward sustainability, and we do a decent job I feel. We all must begin now, not be paralyzed to never start out of fear for change. No single action has brought me closer to inner peace, happiness, family, community, honesty, mindfulness and nature itself then the personal journey for sustainability.


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