In a ceremony, everything matters and we attend to every detail. As we approach ecological healing with a ceremonial mind, more and more becomes visible for our attention.
The olive trees are dying in the Salento region of Italy, the picturesque heel of the Italian peninsula. Two theories have emerged to explain this calamity, two stories. Each exemplifies a more general relationship between humans and the material world, with consequences far beyond Italian olive trees.
Dehumanization is a predecessor of war. When you see your opponents as subhuman in their morals, conscience, or intelligence, then you will have to defeat them by force. Dehumanizing narratives are never the truth. The truth can only be sourced from the sincere question, “What is it like to be you?”