The State of the Future - Keep Planting Seeds

| 10/22/2010 12:17:16 PM

The tutureWhen the UN’s Millennium Project released their State of the Future study in 2009—based on the input of 2,700 researchers, and backed by UNESCO, the World Bank, and the US Army—it set out an appallingly grim vision of what lies ahead. The study foresaw shortages of food and goods, a harsh reality that would incite widespread violence and potentially provoke much of civilization to collapse.

After reading that report I felt as if I'd just received an invitation to the dungeon of despair. But then, as if on cue, I met Joanne Shenandoah, the gifted Oneida singer and song writer. I heard her give voice to "Prophecy Song"—a musical empowerment for the ages which can be experienced at this link on, as well as on her CDs.

We are now reminded
to be aware of our place upon this earth.
and to fulfill our obligations to ourselves,
our families, our nations,
the natural world, the Creator.
The words sing, we are to awaken.
Stand up, Be counted,
for you are being recognized in the Spirit world

—Joanne Shenandoah

Her message and her voice anchored me in a present tense of strength and possibility, and reminded me also of another respected friend from the Native American community, the late Leon Secatero. Formerly the Headman of the Canoncito Band of Navajo, To’Hajiilee, New Mexico, Leon had the gift of insight. Whenever he would hear pronouncements of doom, he would acknowledge the potential, then respond calmly.

Leon Secatero (author photo)"The journey we are beginning now is for the next 500 years," he told me one day. "What will be the sacred path that people will walk over the next 500 years? Even in the midst of all the changes taking place and all the things falling apart, we are building that foundation now. That’s something important for us to remember and to focus on. If we don’t do it, no one else will.

Steven McFadden_1
10/25/2010 5:13:39 PM

Powerfully said, Dave. We see things about the same...

Nebraska Dave
10/25/2010 4:46:11 PM

@Steven, it’s not surprising that the solution of food, water, and survival isn’t coming from the governments or organizational studies but from the grass root initiatives. The Millennial Agrarians are here and they are us. The ones that have returned to the tried and true ways requiring patience, care, and respect for the land. Without the land and what it provides there would be no life on this planet. I can’t change the next 500 years and can only change what I do as one person in the present time. Perhaps one small thing that I do now will blossom over the centuries but that is not why I care for my small plot of land now. I care for my yards because I’m only the one that manages it for a short time then it’s passed on to the next generation. My job is to improve and leave this small piece of land healthier than when I received it. Have a great Millennial Agrarian day.

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