Monday, June 29, 2009

6 days to madness

Compare the 6 days of the book of Genesis
to the 4 billion years of geologic time.
On this scale, 1 day equals about 666 billion years.

All day Monday, until Tuesday noon
creation was busy getting the earth going.
Life began on Tuesday noon
and the beautiful organic wholeness of it
developed over the next 4 days.

At 4 P.M. Saturday, the big reptiles came.
5 hours later, when the redwoods appeared
there were no longer big reptiles.

At 3 minutes before midnight, man appeared.
One-fourth of a second before midnight, Christ revolted.
One-fortieth of a second before midnight, the industrial revolution began.

We are surrounded by people who think
that what we have been doing for
one-fortieth of a second can go on indefinitely.
They are considered normal.
But they are stark. raving. mad
Found via the track 6 Days to Madness by Cloud Cult, which Tim showed me the other day. It is adapted from a speech given by the late David Brower, who founded Friends of the Earth and was a very big and important environmentalist. I love it. It always raises new questions in my head. It may be more powerful when you listen to the song. The words aren't lyrics; they're spoken above the music.

David Brower (image source)

I would like to study environmentalism more deeply. There's so much I don't know and so many ideas that would probably change my perspective a bit if I learned them. I suppose, though, I'll mostly have to be satisfied with occasionally coming across gems like this one, because I don't have the time, and probably the patience, to delve headfirst into it all. If only there were a Matrix-style plug in my head to download the information I want to be there...


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this gem...I think i'll stick the last para up on my fridge. rather depressing really :-(

Megan said...

If you are a fan of David Brower and want to get a little more into the philosophy of environmentalism, you should read Encounters with the Archdruid by John McPhee! It's one of my most favorite environmental books- its non-fiction but follows an adventurous storyline and is hard to put down!

Heidi and Seek said...

Tricia - You know I didn't even consider that it was depressing. I guess I saw its motivating power instead!

Megan - Ah, that's just the type of thing I can handle at the moment. I'll have a look at the library for it. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of all things green, congrats on the cosa verde feature!

Carolyn said...


I'm looking at the new winter stuff. All i can say is WOW!

diedfamous said...

This song is actually called ad brainwash pt 1, not six days to madness.