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Barking dogs enter my consciousness…

No… this isn’t a part of some kind of a thriller tale. Well, maybe it is…

It is 2 december 2016, I am at Lanzarote for a 11 day stay. I wake up early in the morning due to barking dogs outside. I wonder on the phenomenon on which I have been wondering many times: why do I hear so often dogs bark, and what does it mean to me? I look at the clock 4:44AM. Feels like time to get up and write down the wonderings which I find within.

No animals behind fences
I asked a good friend of mine, who stayed at Findhorn, on the policy the people there have on animals. If I remember correctly he said ‘no animals behind fences’. I like that statement: short, clear and simple. And since then I try to live it my self.

Signs…
For me the barking dogs expresses a not-good situation. And off course, there are historic reasons why the dogs are kept ‘in prison’: to protect a house or owner, I am told. Sounds logical.
But is that in ‘modern times’ a good reason? So, for me harshly saying, and many will say they do not agree: for me keeping dogs behind walls can be considered as animal mis treatment.

But…
But… at the other hand, I don’t think it is a good idea to unleash all those ‘domestic’ animals: they don’t know anymore how to survive in nature. So, for there lifetime maybe let things as they are. And yes, many animals which where ‘taken’ as a ‘pet’ and after abandoned are better of in the care of some good care takers. But, maybe, it wasn’t a good thing to create baby dogs in a not-natural situation at all?

I believe…
I believe – for now, opinions might change- that in general:

“It is not a good thing to keep animals ‘behind fences’ for animation or feeding of humans”

And for me feeding pets with meat from the ‘meat industry’ also feels highly strange…

Quantum field or spirilogical reciprocity
And if the above is ‘true’… I also feel it is logical from ‘spiritual’ perspective that if we do harm to living creatures, harm will be done to us.

Why?
Another harsh statement… I often wonder why people ‘need’ to have a pet. I am fond of animals, but free. I cannot deny that when I wonder on this, I feel a connection with a deprived society. And I cannot ‘blame’ these people, because there feelings are logical and true towards the wish of companionship… if this is a reason. If these words are true. Many ‘ifs’…

Babies and pets
And… there is another feeling which raises to my mind: that people often seem to treat their pets as their babies (and babies as pets). And, another observation: when do people ‘take a child’ to fill ‘a (emotional) void’ (which also, as a parent, forces me to look in that mirror). When is creating a child a good thing?

Sharing and social connecting
I believe touching these ‘taboos’ and let all the feeling be, and express and flow, form the keys to a more good society. In many aspects, whether it is achieving a healthy human -stable- population on earth (less baby-birth), or less wars and animal and people abuse. And I feel that a more affective society, whether it is parent-child affection, or affection in ‘mini societies’ and more sharing, can lead to far more peace.

Conclusion: Affinity-full living settings and healing
That is why I find the concept of social ‘affinity’  in creating housing architecture so important. And ‘healing’ of the ‘wounded parts’ in us. And avoid wounding children into wounded adults which start wounding their children on their turn, etc.

And remember: guilt is a useless and sense less concept.

References:
Sarah Morton wrote an important book on how the ‘wounded’ parent and ‘wounded’ child connects. The title and availability in Dutch (click the link): Wat je niet verteld is…

Note
I try to express my self in a non violent communication way. My intention is not to offend anyone…

Comments later on (newest first):

  • February 2018: On pets and cats… being at a Spanish campsite we put up our tent. We notice a lot of cats, I guess at least twenty. Already within some hours we smell cats urine… we inspect the tent, and we notice multiple spots of cat urine. Some studying on the Internet mentions cats start to do so if they are in distress. ‘In distress?’ I think… ‘Why?’. Than I realize that the cats have been dominated, domesticated. Taken from their wild nature. And now live a life of distress, partly lost their nature. And humans did so, and I think it was not their choice… Than I thought, what would be the most good respons to do now? For them, for us… If they keep on procreating, the place will be filled more and more with cats who are confused and -maybe- suffering. People told us some cats got already castrated, and that it has been far worse. I feel reluctant on this: I would not like to be castrated, so it feels not good to do it to another life fife form. But after some more wondering and outweighing pro’s and cons, I start to share the viewpoint that castrating might be the best option. And try to give them a good as possible cat life. And then, theoretically, this animal -maybe- abuse will fade away out of it self. At least as people do not continue breeding new domesticated cats for their animation or pleasure. At the same campsite there are at least 30 dogs. And there are signs that dogs are only allowed at a line. Quite some barking and ‘dog bosses’ pulling at the ropes and shouting and the dogs. ‘Poor dogs’, I think… same story. Crazy animals, those humans.

Transhumance and Global Warming

3 degrees celsius in Holland. I brought Maireall to school, and wanted to do some barefoot running training after. In about a week I intend to do a barefoot marathon in France (Mont Ventoux) to raise money and attention for the orphans and possible solutions for them in Malawi.

After seeing the temperature on a sign along the road I thought ‘Well, not today! Far too cold for me!’.

And that made me wonder -again- on why I am at a geographical location where it is too cold to walk barefoot. And the cold hurts me, yes it really does.

“Transhumance: seasonal trekking of the livestock – Wikipedia EN”

Already a long time I am wondering why people remain in the cold, often complaining, getting winter depressed, etc. Before my crash (2008) I sort of accepted that this was the way it was: you have to work locally, children are attached to a local school, limiting traveling to school hollidays. 1 or two times a short to the sun, if we are lucky we can affort it.

After my crash I decided to devote myself and years I had left on Earth to try to make this dream real. Why not?

And than, more and more people I meet having the same wish. The only thing that lacks is a fitting social architecture for this, and a sort of migration infrastructure. In which we can do our work, create food, meet nice people (family/friends) and arrange education for our children.

And… maybe another important aspect… In the North in winter people use a tremendous amount of fossil energy to heat that houses. Causing pollution, health problems and as it seems a global warming issue. An issue which is so big, that if we continue like this our children might encounter a dying earth, and dying and suffering people (hunger, weather catastrophes, breaking dykes (Netherlands), etc.)…

Cain and Abel
Wondering over this subject, and how we could manifest and infrastructure with bot would surf migrating people and static people, for some reason I had to think about the Cain and Abel tale. I looked it up. To my surprise I found this quote [wikipedia www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cain_and_Abel]:

Some scholars suggest the pericope may have been based on a Sumerian story representing the conflict between nomadic shepherds and settled farmers.[11] Modern scholars typically view the stories of Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel to be about the development of civilization during the age of agriculture; not the beginnings of man, but when people first learned agriculture, replacing the ways of the hunter-gatherer.[12]

I can imagine vegetable farms not to be happy with nomadic people driving their cattle over their fields, destroying their crops. But now a new opportunity entered my consciousness: Imagine we stop eating animal related products (I still eat quite some cheese this will be difficult for me too). In that case nomadic people don’t have to carry around with cattle. Hey can help the people who act als ‘place holders’ (guardians) to develop and maintain the cities / villages, or flowtowns as I started to call this concept. And than, via the transhumance concept we can finalize an already thousands years during human conflict. Which resonates with the essence of the tale of Cain and Abel.

More you can soon read in the book named Flowtowns. For Dutch readers: you can find it here online:  www.transitieportaal.nl/boeken/flowtowns

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