Lughnasa Waxing Blood Moon
The Woolly’s met at the old Cenacle in a new retreat center. We’ve met there three or four times this year.
The focus was views on the afterlife. The conversation revealed a surprisingly conservative undertone with several Woollys hedging their metaphysical bets. Immanuel Swedenborg got a mention as did reincarnation as a proven reality.
Some, like me, took a more existential stance. “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.” I believe that was Carl Sagan. The questions death raises have confounded humanity since at least the time of the Neanderthals. There is something about a void after death, an extinctionist perspective I saw it called recently, that unsettles many people.
It is, as much as anything else, I imagine, such a stark contrast with the vitality and hereness of life. That this magical adventure, this ancient trail might end in nothingness seems like a cheat. But by whose perspective?
To me the wonder is this life, this one chance we have to experience whatever we can, to do what we can. To be who we are.
On another note Mark Odegard had two words for today’s graduates: bio-char. New to you? Me, too. It’s worth a look though and here’s a website that will help you get up to speed.