This last week, I heard Richard Rohr tell the Living School, “The greatest affliction affecting humanity right now is our profound sense of disconnection.” I, like you, can palpably feel it in our families, in our communities, in our landscapes and even in our guts, where many of us have lost the very microbes which once helped us say healthy.
The greatest conservation issue of our times is not the extinction of species, but the extinction of relationships—the disruption of ecological interactions between plants and pollinators, herbivores and carnivores, soil microbes and trees. The same can be said for our society —the isolation of “cops” from communities, the “docs” from their patients, or “spiritual shepherds” from their flock.
That means that all of us are called to be ecological restorationists, to heal the wounds and reweave the strands of life needed to hold our nests together. Restore and re-story our world!
Brother Coyote, OEF