An Interview with John Seed: Environmental Activism, Rainforest Conservation, and the Council of All Beings
In this third part of a series of articles on environmentalism and spirituality, MOTHER interviews John Seed, the world's leading environmental activist for rainforest protection, who is now practicing deep ecology to awaken people's spiritual connections to the Earth.
John Seed, the "town crier of the global village," works to awaken our spiritual connection to the earth.
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"I am Raven. I ask you to join us birds in our song when the sun rises and the sun sets. Live in the moment. Keep your life simple. Get rid of all those things that make life on this planet hard for us. Live simply, as we always have."
"I am Insect; you insult me and call me Bug.You are repulsed and spray me in your homes, your yards and your farms.But I do much good andhave my rightful place in the order of things. I ask you to look before you spray, to see how many strands of the web of life you roughly shake, and to seek a gentler way."
"I am Spider who lives by the creek. I have patience. I create a web and sit there all day, waiting for an insect to fly by. To humans, I give the patience to just sit still and listen to the creek running by. Listen to the stories and songs it has to tell you. Watch the birds that play in it and the flowers that wave at it and the trees that fall into it. Just sit and listen."
"Finally, humans, I, Rock, speak to you. I ask you to wake up—Wake up, humans, wake up!—and pledge your allegiance to life. Even though others may look upon you as traitors, speak on our behalf in all human meetings and councils.Speak with strength and courage and power because you represent all of us who, in the normal course of events, have no voice. We ask you to give voice on our behalf."