Is it Time to Think like our Ancestors?

We would do well to learn what has been forgotten by so many and once again think like our ancestors did before it is too late.

Woodlands Trust published an article in the Winter edition of their Broadleaf magazine 2021, which described how indigenous leaders from the Brazilian amazon travelled, fresh from the COP26 summit, to Scotland where they performed a blessing of the Cormonachan community woodland in Argyll, wearing ceremonial dress. This was part of a plea for the role of indigenous peoples in the preservation of nature.


This inspired my thinking as to how modern industry and society in general treat the natural world around us.

 

We could learn a lot from the beliefs and actions of many indigenous peoples around the world.

 

This could also be said for some of the spiritual beliefs of the native peoples in pre-historic western Europe.


Many of our ancestors around the world recognised the balance of nature therefore would only take what they needed to survive. They also understood that whatever was taken must be replenishable, either naturally or by human hands.


Similar belief systems can be found from Australia to the Americas.


However it seems that so many modern humans have forgotten these basic rules of nature that our ancestors understood so well. Our society is so focused on material wealth that we have become blinded to basic needs.

 

Are we so blind that we destroy the very things which enable our existence?

 

Following COP26 many governments around the world have expressed their commitment to environmental projects, as has the Scottish government in a £500m boost for the natural economy, welcomed by the Woodlands Trust and a great benefit to the protection and development of what is 30,000 hectares of temperate forest along the countries western seaboard.

However we have heard such pledges before, and excuse me for being cynical, but it does seem like these pledges are nearly always made at a time of political relevance, therefore for political gain, rather than being a genuine priority.


We would do well to learn what has been forgotten by so many and once again think like our Ancestors did before it is too late.


As the human race, our knowledge is rich but our wisdom often poor.


Reference Broadleaf magazine and the blessing the forest by indigenous leaders from South American

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