Gedanken, Natur und Leben
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To outlast without time – when time becomes meaningless

traditional log cabin with turf roof

Every stage of life, every age has its right and its responsibilities. The development of a human being cannot only be understood as a linear path towards a goal. All stations in life stand for themselves, as necessary facets of life experience and their possibilities and duties for both the individual and the entire society. The adult human being should recognize, accept and use his position in the here and now. The exchange with all other generations of all ages – even with the deceased – plays an important role at it. The fear of mortality and death is, among other things, a symptom of the fragmented individual society.

A basic prerequisite for a healthy, happy life is to regard it as an eternal cycle. The mediation of this knowledge was the core aspect of the pre-Christian, European religion, and of Europe-wide traditions and cultures. This way of life and vision can not be acquired behind walls in theoretical books. Instead, the nature and the circulatory character of life itself is the teacher. In order to understand this, a cross-generational life close to nature is necessary.

In a homogeneous society with an evenly distributed amount of generations, the illusion of time vanishes entirely, or it restricts itself to only a few years. The consciousness opens up a window in the past and the future, and it will understand that the perceived temporal distances are only a consequence of the separation from the circular character of life within the mind of the individual.

Sure, if a clock is run for a thousand years, while people are born, lived and dying – so a thousand years with all its countless events and emotions has passed. The wealth of experiences emotions can hardly be measured. If, however, the observed society is manageable in the number of its members living at the same time, and homogeneous over generations, so that the grandparents perceive themselfes in their grandchildren, does not the term „time“ becomes insignificant? The elderly and the deceased live on in the younger generation, re-emerge through them, learn again, and are reminded of their past lives through traditions, stories and relics. Thus these thousand measured years may have passed, however, the people are still the same.

Temporary natural catastrophes and hardship will not alter the basic nature of this community, as long as the landscape in which these specific people are rooted is preserved or replaced by a new settlement of a similar natural environment. I am also of the opinion that such a community can not be changed in the sense of adaptation by a change of location to a soulless landscape. Perhaps it is a question of definition, but such a so-called adaptation would, according to my understanding, be equivalent to a repression of the original very own culture and thus lead to a creeping extinction. It would be the beginning of a new society, a new species and culture – not the adaptive change of the previous ones.

Each individual person is an expression of the biological and cultural totality of his species community and does not need to fear the transience of his own physical appearance. He will return and blossom again, just as the flowers spring up from the womb of the earth in spring and stretch towards the sun.

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