I keep saying to myself that I am going to write book reviews on all the books I’m currently reading. One of the books I’m reading is A Language Older than Words by environmental activist and teacher Derrick Jensen.
I’ve caught the flu – I’m too tired to write much. I found this video of Derrick Jensen.
What if the point of life has nothing to do with the creation of an ever-expanding region of control? What if the point is not to keep at bay all those people, beings, objects and emotions that we so needlessly fear? What if the point instead is to let go of that control? What if the point of life, the primary reason for existence, is to lie naked with your lover in a shady grove of trees? What if the point is to taste each other’s sweat and feel the delicate pressure of finger on chest, thigh on thigh, lip on cheek? What if the point is to stop, then, in your slow movements together, and listen to the birdsong, to watch the dragonflies hover, to look at your lover’s face, then up at the undersides of leaves moving together in the breeze? What if the point is to invite these others into your movement, to bring trees, wind, grass, dragonflies into your family and in so doing abandon any attempt to control them? What if the point all along has been to get along, to relate, to experience things on their own terms? What if the point is to feel joy when joyous, love when loving, anger when angry, thoughtful when full of thought? What if the point from the beginning has been to simply be? ~ Derrick Jensen
I read this a few days ago, and it just makes so much sense to me. What if the point from the beginning has been to simply be?
Jensen gets us to look at what we would rather not. I few years ago I wrote a paper (that I will expand upon at some point) based on my own life experiences and his book The Culture of Make Believe. Both The Culture of Make Believe and A Language Older than Words are both thought-provoking and hopefully, action provoking as well.