The issue Condor People wishes to address is the disconnection of modern man from the sacredness of life; his separation from nature. Dualism has its uses and has benefited us in many ways, however, it is not a functional perspective when considering our relationship to the rest of Creation. The separation of mind and body, body and soul, man and nature, man and God, and the sense of a separate self, a separate "Me" has manifested as the pain and suffering we see all around us each day. It is true that we only protect what we love and as disconnected as we are from nature we cannot love it, or even see it as a living organism. We only see it as a dead thing, something to use as we see fit, for our purpose and our purpose alone.
"One way to characterize the cosmology that really is at work in our culture is this: That the natural world, the Earth is there for us to satisfy our needs and desires whatever they might be. So we want to make things. We use the Earth. We make things. And we think of it as something like a lumberyard or, in fact, we use the word "resource" so that the Earth is full of resources that are there for us to use as we see fit", Brian Swimme, mathematical cosmologist.
According to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Report 60 percent of the ecosystem services our Earth provides, including water and fisheries, are degraded or being used in ways that are not sustainable. Among these ecosystems is the Amazon Rainforest and the continued abuses from the industrial nations, driven by petroleum development, is destroying this critical and magnificent piece of Earth. The dumping of billions of gallons of toxic chemicals by Texaco-now-Chevron Corporation in Ecuador has polluted an area roughly the size of Rhode Island threatening the survival of three different groups of indigenous Peoples. Entire villages have been decimated and cancer rates in the region are skyrocketing. A sad truth is that ancient knowledge is being lost at an alarming rate, there are increasing cases of disease and the general public knows little to nothing about the environmental and human rights violations and the weakened condition of our planetary systems.
"I know in my heart that as long as we are trashing the planet and trashing each other, a healthy, holistic, and healed world is not possible. We cannot have peace on the Earth unless we also have peace with the Earth", Julia Butterfly Hill, Awakening the Dreamer Symposium
It is true that we only protect what we love and the rest is considered irrelevant, or consumable. The underlying separation, the dualistic myth that humans are distinctly separate from the natural world is false. Condor People will address this issue by providing a venue for interested people share thoughts, ideas, creativity and support and to provide opportunities for direct sensory connection with nature. By honoring and learning from indigenous cultures modern man could learn to honor themselves and begin the healing process. This would be appreciated by future generations and would return to us our sacred trust as stewards of Planet Earth. Collectively, we hold the answers to the many problems facing humanity. We have all of the knowledge and creativity; the physical capability and love we need to protect and honor life. It is imperative to awaken humanity to falsehood of the separation myth in order to begin the healing that must take place to create a sustainable, fulfilling and just human presence on Earth.