A SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN THE PARK WITH EARTH
4.6 billion years ago, a grouping of divine and organic elements, remnants of a kaboom, clustered and collaborated into a stronghold formation, to form a little spinning sphere, held precisely in orbit, courtesy of a big burning ball of gas. Our little Earth has had quite an epic little journey since this time, as everyone and everything that has ever walked, flown, stood rooted, or breathed, has been utterly and completely dependent on this place for survival. It only took 200 million years into the process for life to first start showing it’s traces here; a large number to us, but in space history, 200 million years is merely a moment. Yet, we humans, as I can only speak through the human paradigm, often fail to recognize this miracle, and we go about our days immersed in that which is stained and inorganic, as we rush to work, rush to meetings, rush to watch sporting events, and rarely take the time to completely take in, the wonder and precision of this glorious habitat. Well one day a year we have a certain celebration, an Earth Day if you will, and last Saturday, The Earth Day Coalition of Portland, Oregon, assembled vivaciously, to celebrate the gift of life, in a manner of friendly occupancy, one can say, a place where strangers were stopping strangers, just to shake their hands.
I arrived at Kenton Park; a picturesque playing ground located in North Portland, and immediately felt the intangible energy of withstanding community. Tents of causes, people of motivation, and crunchy guitar jams, lined the perimeter of the field space, looking much like the least intimidating army brigade to ever conjoin in field battle, because in a way, it was. These tents and workers that stood, stood with purpose, stood with optimism, and were fighting for their causes, all in supporting human potential, the potential of harmony, the potential of reason, and a not impossible way of life, where peace is obtained through helpful characters with organic materials.
These stands stood, not only to reiterate, but also to educate, to inspire, to get an organic ball of mud and snow rolling in the right direction. Organizations such as the Green Living Periodical (A Practical Journal for Friends of the Environment), were emphasizing stories of green methodologies practiced by those who practice sustainability, tents hosted community farm representatives, such as the Tyron Life Community Farm, which illustrated alternative ways of living a life, through peace and through cooperation, representatives for specialized education, like the Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors organization, or the Jewish nature based academy, Gan Shalom, preached the necessity to inform our children the blissful importance of natural sustenance. There were political booths, such as Democracy into Action, which believes that money does not equal freedom of speech, as that concept completely diminishes the voice of those without, a crazy concept I know, but I’ve never met Walmart out at a bar, nor Viacom for that matter, so I question if these corporations are actually “people”. And what is a festival, or a coalition, without food. Food stands brought the sweet aroma of meals not tainted in pesticides; I myself had a delicious Buffalo Pupusa from Where the Sidewalk Ends, either before or after I signed a waver to end domestic violence.
Life has always cultivated and harnessed entertainment. I would give anything to have been able to put on my toga, and head to the ancient, perfectly constructed for pristine acoustics, Greek Theater of Epidaurus, to take in a play, back when stories were still original. The Earth Day Coalition brought out all sorts of entertainment for the whole family. There was a band stage in the corner of the field, where music from bands such as Sweet Home, provided ample and amplified tones and tunes, constructed perfectly for the opportunity to shake ones hips. Massive Frisbees were being thrown and chased, like human dogs, a simple game that will never be outgrown. Possibly the most entertaining aspect of the afternoon however, was the circus component. The circus came to town, bringing activities for the kids, and if you have not seen a child learn to tightrope from two feet above ground, it is a scene that guarantees smile stimulation, and if it for some reason does not, young ones doing Puppet Theater surely will. People were learning to walk on stilts and ride on unicycles, hula hooping all the while till they were dizzy, and just having fun, natural fun. Possibly the most aesthetic part of the entertainment was the covered elephant that just walked about, taking it all in from behind a beautifully made artificial trunk, that flocked witnesses from all over the yard, to see this beautiful, yet for some reason, poignant, creature do its thing, in a place where people doing their thing is highly supported and appreciated.
We really hit the jackpot with Earth. I do not care if there is other life out there somewhere or not, there probably is, but Earth is still a great location, and I am proud to be a part of it. The odds of us being here are so astronomical, that taking the time to appreciate it, and keep the landscapes healthy and vibrant, is not so much to ask of us as individuals. Doing the right thing isn’t hard. We are all born with a moral compass, so follow it people. Think before you do something that will be completely advantageous to your own person, I am not saying do not do your best to succeed through your motives, but think about how your actions are affecting others, so that everybody can have the fair chance to succeed through their own motivations. Our Earth is engulfed in absolutely fascinating and divine elemental components, anybody who has ever seen water rise to the brim of a toilet should thank God for ionized particles found in water, or you can just take a great big breath of fresh Oregon air, and notice the splendor in its entirety. Ending on a message themed to the event of last Saturday, we are all compost; we are all stardust shaped in organic material, so let us take the extra steps to make sure that this place can still inhabit future generations, so that they can have their opportunities to make something of their own, out of this warm place that gives us so much.