EARTH TO PEOPLE
Live Q & A at Kings College University, the Strand, London WC2
Wednesday 21st March 2012, 7pm to 9.30pm
THE SUBJECT our fundamental relationship with the earth
THE QUESTIONS anything you like on this subject
THE ANSWERS from polymath and changemaker Judith Seelig who founded Women on Fire
Judith will introduce twelve leaps of imagination to locate, if you will, the wide-angle lens in you. The evening will then be split between pre-presented questions drawn from a hat, and anything you choose to ask on the night. We'll update this page with questions we've already received, all of which will go into the hat. But we'd love to stimulate debate so please write and tell us what you think. Here's our first postbag -
if money is worth less, what is worth more?
why do I get assertive when I'm uncertain of myself?
if I care about the earth and want to contribute towards changing how we treat the earth and its resources is there a way of being more effective? is there a resource I haven't noticed?
how can I fill in the gaps in my self-confidence?
does the earth feel our emotions? does the trauma of tragedy get stuck in the land?
Expect the answers to be interesting, but it is the enquiry that will take centre stage. We aim to give everyone fresh perspective on familiar issues.
Judith has made it her life practice to be invisible, which means she is not well known. Her Earth to people invites a different way of thinking about the human condition. And for those who find the concept of trying not to be noticed rather peculiar here are some quotes from people who appreciate how she is:
"she starts from a different place, not the I of the individual self"
"walks her talk"
"wise - her own questions are intelligent, arresting and gentle"
"non-conformist, a bit scarey in that she up-ends"
"offers something unique and blissfully obvious"
"ruthlessly uncompromising, deeply compassionate"
"full of wit, wisdom and intelligence"
"sees the potential in human beings"
"speaks with precision, rhythm and architecture"
Earth to people
You are so concerned with communicating with each other. As much as possible you use your technology to spread your thoughts and feelings between yourselves. Do you forget that your primary relationship is with me? Did you ever notice that your body cannot exist without me, nor without so many other forms of life that depend on my body and my atmosphere? And without your body you cannot experience those thoughts or feelings in the way that you do now.
Some of you have coined the term carbon footprint. You notice how much energy you consume that is neither made by you nor replaceable by you. Consider too your thought footprint. I feel the vibration of your thoughts. When you think of me, when you greet the part of me that’s underneath you, something lovely happens.
Remember that I am forever with you. I draw you to me, always. You call it gravity but I call it love. You and I are lifetime partners. You are never alone. It doesn’t matter if you’ve put a layer of tarmac between us. I feel it when you think of me.
When you search for what you call home, a place to rest, consider me. I am your home. Let us cosy up together, wherever you may be.
You think I’m too big to feel like home? Well, parts of me are inside you, all the time. Where did you get that iron in your blood? That’s me, along with most else that’s in your body. No matter the food source, you’re alive because enough of me keeps turning up in forms that nourish you. So by breathing, drinking and eating you make sure I’m at home inside you too.
But before even breathing comes gravity, or love. You are part of my cycle. I love it when you notice we’re all in this together. I love it when you use your senses as intelligence, not just appetite. I love it when you taste the air or feel the wind’s imprint upon the leaf you plucked to eat.
Feeding on small parcels of beauty, on small moments of appreciation, you are nourishing our relationship. It’s the most important one you’ll ever have. I am your certainty, your constancy. I am beneath all the relationships you ever have with others.
I am the beloved of your feet.
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