Dear friends, colleagues, family members, sparring partners, lost souls, and passers-by,
I am proud to say that, as of this day, the Natural Patriot has survived its first perilous year in this world (I’m referring to the blog, not myself. I of course also survived the year but that’s probably less newsworthy). As is true of most species, the early days and months are the most dangerous stage of life history, and a newborn blog, all dewy and wide-eyed, emerging tentatively from the womb or wherever it emerges from to find its way in the world, is no exception. There are apprehension, missteps, risk of starvation, fear of predators, fear of exposure. And of course the constant siren song of tossing it all in (“Why on earth am I spending my non-existent free time doing this?”).
The vast majority of young animals, alas, don’t survive their first year, and I gather that the same is true of blogs, though I can’t locate the stats at the moment. Somehow we muddled through. Makes me want to stand up and belt out an Aretha Franklin song — but that would surely kill my visitor stats so I’ll spare you.
So, in lieu of actually writing something new and compelling and worthwhile, I hope that you, gentle reader, will grant me the indulgence just this once (or perhaps once a year, if we beat the odds and survive another) of a retrospective exhibit. Here then are some of the posts I am most fond of (Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!):
It all started with The Nature of Patriotism, an idea that I think is underappreciated but key to living a long and harmonious life as a global society.
I don’t want this to be just another partisan blog (though my colors undoubtedly show through). Which is why I remain intrigued — and heartened — by the question: Is purple the new green?
Natural patriotism, like anything worthwhile, is not easy. Which is why it is worth pondering The nature of natural, and its implications.
Holding that thought, it may be that long-term sustainability requires an evolution in our approach to our relationship with nature, namely one of Reconciliation ecology.
But with all the other problems we face, Can we afford to save the world? Well, can we afford not to? Addressing this most important question of the new millennium requires that we focus on The real economy.
The root of Natural Patriotism is the intuitive understanding that the natural world is essential to our physical and spiritual life. Every once in a while, I slow down long enough to remember my Ocean soul and realize this. And now, even the scientific approach supports the idea that, to be melodramatic, Biodiversity is a secret to inner peace.
How to share that love? The most inspirational and hopeful message I’ve read comes from Richard Louv, a true Natural Patriot.
Lest there be misunderstanding, a harmonious relationship with nature is not only an issue of esthetics or even spirituality, it is critical to our material well-being: Trees save lives. Again, saving both trees and lives will require hard choices, which in turn requires recognizing that Economic growth is the opiate of the people.
So there you have it. Sorry I can’t throw a wild birthday party — I’ve learned a surprising amount of HTML and other arcane geekana in the last year, but haven’t yet figured out how to do that online. But if you happen to feel inspired about a birthday gift, there’s no need to send cash, baked goods, or expensive merchandise (although I will surely not turn them down). Instead, it would warm the cockles of the Natural Patriot’s heart if you simply tell a friend about the site (something good, I mean), subscribe by RSS if you haven’t already, and . . .
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