The robin is still singing

Posted June 13th, 2011 in Blog, Featured 3 Comments »

Fostering Ecological Hope
Today from Margaret Swedish:

My robin is still singing. In the late winter, he decided to nest just outside my little beat up flat and early in the morning, and then late in the day, he goes high in a tree or on the wires out back of my house and sings and sings and sings, letting everybody know, “I am here, this is my place, new life is being born and will soon fly, and I am keeping guard!”

It’s an amazing thing, really, this ritual, as ordinary as can be. Happens every year, though this neighbor that moved in so close to me this year has been a real treat. Robins, so common, so ubiquitous, come around every spring to do this ritual yet again, the ritual of nesting, laying eggs, keeping a nest, keeping protective watch as the little ones grow and strengthen their wings and one day leave the nest.

Found on Wikipedia - Humber Bay Park (East) (Toronto, Canada) -- 2005

They certainly don’t all make it. In this case, life made it, and so I still have bird song in mid-June.

It is always special this time of year because I know that any day now it could end. One early morning I will wake up and the song will be gone, the little ones on their way, the work of the parents over for this year.

What is wrong with us if we don’t fall in love with this world?! What emotional, psychological, spiritual illness would prevent us from falling in love with this world?

This common bird has one of the most beautiful songs in all of nature. I ask myself some mornings how many of my human neighbors even notice?

I am not far from the airport and another bird flies hard when the warm weather comes and the flight path crosses over my neighborhood because it is the most preferred this time of year. On humid days the roar is so loud I can hardly think and the planes so close I feel like I can wave to the pilot. This song is not beautiful. It reminds me of the insistence of industrial society to dominate our world, our brains, our very consciousness, to always let us know what it is that has power to overwhelm the natural world, to render it insignificant in the vast industrial economic scheme of things.

And yet, I know that for most people what the robin song brings compared to the industrial roar of the airplane is beyond anything the global consumer economy has to offer us. A moment of innocent, of purity, of clarity – not only of who the robin is but who we are.

Because our identities are embedded in the natural world, not the industrial world. Our sense of meaning, of spiritual depth and richness, of mystery beyond us, of poetry and music, that sense of being part of something bigger than us, more magical and profound, is embedded in our experience of the natural world, which is who we are, not the industrial overlay that tries to drown out our experience of deeper meaning…

…because the industrial world knows that it is there in that deeper meaning that its demise truly lies. If we reclaim who we really are, that world begins to crumble – the world based on extraction, consumption, and waste, the world that is rapidly despoiling our planet and robbing us of meaning, including the very meaning of our lives (which is not extraction, consumption, and waste).

When we begin to reconnect with our own natural world, that of which we are a part, that in which we are embedded, what gives birth to us and nurtures us and to which we return, the global economy based on extraction, consumption and waste, based on enrichment for the few, based on exploitation of the human and the non-human world for its benefit, begins to crumble.

For the sake of the robin song, for the sake of my access to the robin song in the early hours of dawn and the waning light of day, I welcome that crumbling.

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3 Responses

  1. D.Bheemeswar

    Yes dear, I do agree with you that our living has some meaning as we have some brain which can analyze any situation ans make us to take a proper course of action which is good for the living beings on this earth as well as materials. That is the evolution from the self centric brain to selfless brain that is useful to the earthlings and makes it great is the spiritual path, where every body has a meaning in living from and purpose in dealing with others. Otherwise there is no meaning in this day to today egoistic, self-centric, those who live mechanical life and put everybody in trouble for their selfish motives by making the system more and more corrupt, making life of common people more and more miserable.

  2. D.Bheemeswar

    Spirituality has some thing to do with in oneself, if ethics and morals are kept if the life is principled for the benefit of the common cause that we are all humans first. There lies the Humanity with in one self, that is the spirituality.
    It is difficult to maintain this spirituality, but the it all depends on the genes one has, for improving this there are techniques which are to practiced. Which none of texts or scriptures do tell but they are all scattered here and there. Each gene depends on the practice that the tribe or sect is doing or practicing, from that if one has to attain this spiritual gene, which is highest in Nature is difficult.
    It is difficult to maintain this spirituality, but the it all depends on the genes one has, for improving this there are techniques which are to practiced. Which none of texts or scriptures do tell but they are all scattered here and there. Each gene depends on the practice that the tribe or sect is doing or practicing, from that if one has to attain this spiritual gene, which is highest in Nature is difficult.
    Only what one can do is respect each and every tribe and its practices, so as that gene is in tact and continued forward, do not try to corrupt it by other means. We in India have a lot of practices, most of them cross linked but each one trying to dominate or annihilate other has made all the problems.

  3. D.Bheemeswar

    In general those who love Nature do not go against the nature, it is those who wanted some how stick to their chairs or bulldoze others or wanted to dominate others, for their ego and acquiring materialistic aspects do violate all the rules and make others as scape goats. It is those who does not know how to enjoy the nature do this. Democracy does not mean numbers it means that who and in what way we reach the common people for up liftment of their lives and also to maintain the peace, harmony and serenity. The democracy is not there if there is corrupt, terrorizing and dividing the people by what ever be the means are employed.