The saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” doesn’t quite do this image justice. In fact, a thousand words would barely scratch the surface of the dark narrative embedded in this simple but powerful illustration.
One interpretation could address the abusive trends of mass production and over consumption that have brought us to the point where we are quite literally polluting our heritage, degrading The Pachamama, the very source of our humanity and of all life.
Another perspective might point out that as the illusion of our separateness grows, the reality of our destruction intensifies. As this tunnel vision engulfs our past in darkness, we forget who we are and where we come from, and we become incapable of a necessary gratitude for all Life that came before us.
Perhaps most simply: the pollutive actions of “modern” humans are a blatant absurdity, a direct affront to Nature, and therefore, to all of humanity.
The storied portrait of our past remains resolute, and must not be forgotten. The future, however, remains a blank canvas, awaiting the brushstrokes of you and your children to define the shade of its narrative.
What interpretation does this image evoke in you? And most importantly, what will you do to rewrite that narrative?
The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium is a great place to start looking at the elements that keep our current narrative in place and get the tools to start rewriting.