By that I mean when looking for answers, solutions or reasons we ‘keep  it  ‘stupidly’,  simple’.  I  think  the  ‘Devil’  isn’t  in the detail, but rather ensuring we make things as complicated as  possible!

Now   before   you  scream  ‘hippy  claptrap’ or  ‘easier said than  done’,  I  am   not   suggesting  that  all  we  face  in  life can be resolved  easily or pain-free, not at all. A very ‘simple’   solution, could be heart-breaking, or  require  putting the needs  of  the  masses  above  that of  the  individual  (something  with  which  many  struggle, especially those  in  ‘power’). But  the  time  is  coming when real choices need to be made, when ‘need’ will outrank ‘greed’ and then a more holistic approach will require  stripping  everything back to applying straight-talking  solutions.

When     Nature     flexes     her     might,    even    a    little,    we    are   all   called   to  account;   be   it   floods,   droughts,   blizzards   or   storms.    Suddenly   what  really   matters,   as   you   are   asked  to   evacuate   your   home,   becomes   self-explanatory  –   the   living,   our    memories,    those   things   that   cannot   be   replaced.   It    is   not   a   case   of   having   to   predetermine   when   you   leave,   where   you   will   you  go,    what   you    will    take    or   how   long    it    will    take.   And   suddenly   the    more    you    ‘have’     adds    to   an    even    greater    feeling    of    loss.   At    these    times    it   is    clear,    our    needs    are   for    a    stable   ‘home,’   a    way    of    making   a    living,    good    basic    infrastructure,    reliable,   effective  and  affordable  energy.    And   all  these   things   we have  had  access   to   for   millennia… yet   somehow  we  have  managed  to  over complicate  the  lot.


We    build    more    homes    in    areas    less   suitable.  We   mis-mange   land,  we   derive   our   energy   from   unstable,   limited  and   dangerous   sources   whilst   ignoring   the   most   obvious   resources   and   more   importantly   turn  a  blind  eye  to  our  overuse  of  energy.   Rather   than  kissing  ourselves  better,  we   choose   to   slap,   kick   and   punch   our  way   through.  As   the  recent   storms   in   the   West   Country   are   close   to  my   heart,  I   will    use   this   as   an   example.   First   we   have   both   created  and  built   on   flood   plains   –   which   in   itself,   managed  correctly,   can  serve   us   well.   Sadly   though,   despite   simple  solutions  being  presented  to  those  in  charge  for  years,  ignorance  prevailed  and  what  would have  once  been  a  simple  act  of  maintaining  the   waterways  and  flood  defences,  we  have  now   got   a   far   more   complicated   set   of  problems.

But   even   now   we  can   kiss   it   better.   Listen   to   the   locals;  they   know  the   land,   and   their   needs,   best.   We   must   engage  in   ‘positive   planning   before   profit’ ,  so   we   don’t  unnecessarily   expose   ourselves  to   forces   beyond   our   control,   like   flooding,   or   sink   holes,   landslides   or   storm damage.   Get   back   to   re-building   the   solid   foundations,    literally.   Put  in   place   the   ways   and   means   to   maintain   what   is   needed   to   avoid  this   in   the   future.   And   should   the  forces   of   nature   be   too  strong   then   we  must   learn   our  lesson,   even   if   it   means   leaving   behind  our  possessions  and   starting  over  somewhere  else.

In   all  our   ills,   we   are   both   the   problem   and   the   solution.  Is   it   really  a   case   of   too   little,   or   are   we   just   too   many?   Is  it   that   we   are   too  many   in   need,   or   is   it   the   problem   of   a  self-elected   few   who   starve  the   rest   with   their   selfish  greed?   The   ‘bigger    picture’   is   reflected in   all   our   own  ‘little   worlds’,   so  by   starting   with   yourself,   your   family  and  your   ‘tribe’ ,  taking   the   steps   to   ensure   harmony   within,  the   ripples  spread   out   and   eventually   we   can    have  greater  harmony   all   around.  Solutions   require   we   keep   an   open  mind,   that   understand  diversity and  difference  are  necessary  and  appreciate  our  world,  though  one giant  tapestry,  is  woven  of  many  threads.

man umbrella

Solutions   therefore   may   vary,   often   greatly,   across   towns,  cities  and continents.  This  means  there  may  be  political,  religious  and  social  beliefs   and   with   their   own   solutions  that  work  well  for  some  and not  for  others.  We  need  to  remember  this  and  respect   it.   War   today  is   not   ideological,  but   based   on   control,   we   need   to   stay   out   of   internal disputes,   offer   aide   to   the   suffering   yes,   but   that   is   all.   In  our   desire   to   acquire,   we   have   lost   the   ability   to   listen  to   our   intuition,   to  discern   when  something   is   life   enhancing  or   life   limiting,   it  is that   simple.

As sentient   beings   we   can   ‘feel’   when   something   is   not  quite   right  –  and   it   is   that   gut   instinct   that   speaks   to   us  all   now   and   to   which   we  ought  to  pay  more  attention.

When   ‘money’    really   is   not   made   an   issue   in   a   crisis,  when    we   prize  truth,   respect   and   love   above   all   else,  when   we   seek   to   live  in   harmony   with   and   not   dominate  all   those   around   us   and   the   forces  of   nature,   then   kissing  our   lives   better   will   be   all   we   need,   for  no   matter   what   is  thrown   at   us,   or   where   we   find   ourselves,   the simple   solution   will   always   present   itself   and   we   will   have   the  courage   and  wisdom  to  see  it  through.

Kate Osborne