Monday, December 27, 2004

nature. forces.

first, the tsunami.
a force of nature that no one could predict as a christmas gift, except one man in new zealand, running naked from a rubber duck...

second, nature. which suddenly reminded us that we're not as far away from it as we may seem to be , or think we are...

A green plastic watering can
For a fake chinese rubber plant
In the fake plastic earth

That she bought from a rubber man
In a town full of rubber plans
To get rid of itself…
-Fake Plastic Trees, Radiohead

The crisis of the environment, is an also a crisis of the self. As urbanisation becomes the new mode/abode of living, technology enables to complete an ecological disconnect. Life providing resources are now items of consumption. Water is on tap. Waste is out of sight. Trees are potted plants. No longer is it necessary to deal with nature as a provider of our lives. The super mall is sufficient. The earth is part of the production cycle, but not of the product, since it is never advertised. The public consciousness does not have to deal with the realities of our consumption, but only with its glitz and packaging. Those who can do not have to engage.

When Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed the hungry crowds, it was magic for them. They were farmers, fishermen, attuned out the rhythms of ecology and production, and a food surplus appearing out of seemingly nowhere would have been an act of awe and wonder. Today, for all our connection/awareness of the realities of production, Jesus could just open a supermarket and no one would blink...

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