What composting has taught me about the messiness of life and the sacredness of endings and how the “gospel of compost” has helped me to face the inevitability of environmental and social collapse and even possible human extinction.
As news of the climate crisis and mass extinction currently underway underscore the gravity of the moment, it is natural to turn toward despair and defeat. However, taking a deep-history perspective, which includes five other mass extinctions and re-frames our role and participation in worldwide ecosystems helps to move beyond grief. We enter a dynamic peace where our present blessings and future joys can dialog with the deep, ancestral history of extinction and apocalypse on Planet Earth, through our varied consciousness and experiences. We learn to speak with and through the pain of loss, and hopefully, to transmute this apocalyptic moment into a different tomorrow, beyond disaster.
Human civilization is a fire. It’s been burning since we’ve been human. And the human story is not a straight line, but a circle, a great ring of fire.