Years ago, as a kid I heard someone say that, unless I do something great over the course of my lifetime, or make some real contribution to humanity, the knowledge of my existence will be wiped away 100 years after my death. And as that little kid, this killed me to a good degree. To call it sobering at least, (I guess at the time, especially..)would have been an understatement. Eventually I got over it, but maybe that idea of being forgotten never really left. I think there’s something profound though about maybe being shown this again in the most literal of ways.

Southern Colorado is a place where the dust mingles freely with the air, never settling, where the wind only moves it around above the ground, making it tasteable, permeating really the whole spectrum of sensory input.. as if it’s trying to drag you down into it. Exposing you to the origins of your material being, and trying bring your early return to the same.* A curiosity of a place, where the adobe of buildings that rise out of it could have just as easily created themselves, had the world willed it.

In a country still in it’s relative infancy, compared on a global platform, the concept of 1000 years is one that’s difficult to really comprehend in terms of an American history that doesn’t span half that. As the oldest established existing community in the US, maybe there’s something to be said for the Taos, what they’re doing, and what they believe. There’s a good amount of talk about American resiliency, and the question of whether or not the American golden age has already come and gone. As far as the definition of “American” is concerned, the Taos might as well have their own dictionary number. And resiliency? They’ve been here a thousand years already, and sure as hell will they be here another thousand from now.

The Japanese believe, (regardless of differences maybe, in spiritual rooting) in the good of the state, a contribution to the public whole. Watching the Taos, and understanding their mentality surrounding their personal contribution as often nothing more than a facet, a support of the sustainability of their culture, allows for the dissolution of a personal fear that no mark could be made by the efforts of a single person.

So in this way, what’s already bigger than ourselves that needs our attachment, adherence, or contribution? What could not survive in it’s entirety without us? And how are together, with those collective wholes more important, more influential, and more resilient than we could ever be? *Gen. 3:13


~ by crossmd on August 30, 2009.

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