The Greatest Overreaction In History?

I’m doing this post in English in hope to reach a greater audience. Now first off, English is my second language (maybe third after swearing) so if you look for mistakes you will find them. Too bad, I tried.

Now, are we overreacting to this whole covid-19 thing? I’m not sure. I can see why governments are worried. This thing spreads like no other virus at an alarming rate. So you’ve probably seen a lot of stats of how this is not a deadly disease. That more people die per day before covid then because of covid. Sure. This is is true. I’ve been looking at stats for days. BUT here is why government is losing it’s mind. Let’s say every single day in your city, a 100 people die. Half of those people are what is called instant deaths. They don’t make it to hospital or are dead by the time help reaches them. Now you have 50 left, of this about 20 of them will not survive medical intervention aka surgery. The last 30 are terminally ill, elderly and those hospitalized for a long time. Okay, so none of these 100 came to the hospital all at once and maybe one died of something he could transmit to his doctor. See where this road is leading?

Yes, covid isn’t a big killer (yet?) but it is sending a shit load of people to hospital all at once, overwhelming the system AND infecting the very people that should be taking care of the sick so now your system isn’t just overwhelmed it’s crippled. Yes, HIV and TB and cancer and malaria kill more people in a month then covid-19 but you can’t get any of these by touching a surface they touched or just standing a little bit too close to them and none of these will infect medical personnel to the point that they can’t do their jobs. And there are medications that can treat these diseases. When people share these stats that say “diarrhea kill nearly a million people last month and you are stupid for freaking out because of a flu” I get angry. You assume you are so darn smart but a statement like that just shows how stupid YOU are. You aren’t looking at the bigger picture. You, just like the people you think you are smarter then, are just looking at death stats. Not so smart hey.

So if you are team panic or team logic…you are both wrong! We haven’t seen something spread like this since the Spanish flu and that was over a 100 years ago. We have no frame of reference as to what we should do or how to handle this and since this is a brand new virus, we also don’t know what this bitch is capable of and being unsure is something we as humans have lost a taste for. We don’t like not knowing. So if numbers make you feel safe and helps you feel calm or even superior (here’s looking at you Candace Owens) or you panic buying toilet paper helps you cope then go right ahead but all of you need to calm the fuck down on telling everyone how they should feel. I’m not sure what’s going on and neither do you so you all need to just STOP. I don’t need perspective or number or conspiracy theories. I need…..what do I need? I don’t want to go back to how it was, that world was so shit I wanted to kill everyone and I don’t want this to be over without a big bang so what do I want?

A dog. Yeah, I want a new dog because humans suck and I’m rooting for the virus. Because species has shown me for 3 months now that we are garbage. In the midst of a crisis we are still fighting. Honestly, we deserve to be extinct. But first I want a dog.

Hasie

Why the world is running out of sand — Wag ‘n Bietjie

By Vince Beiser It may be little more than grains of weathered rock, and can be found in deserts and on beaches around the world, but sand is also the world’s second most consumed natural resource. A South African entrepreneur shot dead in September. Two Indian villagers killed in a gun battle in August. A […]

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Gaan Speel Buite

Onthou jy toe jou ma jou met hierdie woorde uit die huis gejaag het? Jy moes vars lug en ‘n bietjie son gaan kry. Die grootmens weergawe hiervan is “die wi-fi is af”. In Zim is die krag elke dag vir meer as 18ure af en dan is die internet en selfoon syn ook weg. Nou wat de hel doen jy met jouself heeldag as jy ‘n tuisbly vroutjie is? Jy gaan speel buite. Hoekom ek dit nie gouer gedoen het nie sal ek nooit verstaan. Om in die tuin te werk is seker een van die lekkerste goed wat ek nog gedoen het. Elke dag gaan loer ek na alles wat ek geplant het en dit laat my hart bokspring as daar ‘n nuwe blaartjie is of ‘n nuwe blom. Ek ken nog nie al my blomme nie, ek kan nie al die name op die pakkies saad onthou nie maar ek weet dis gogga-lekker blomme en my tuin woel. Ek het ook groente tussen die blomme geplant. My idee is om ‘n “eetbare” tuin te maak vir mens, dier en gogga. Ek soek nie ‘n mooi tuin nie, ek soek ‘n lewendige tuin.

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Die dag is nie meer lank genoeg nie en ek oorweeg al om kaalgat onder die maan te dans vir reën. Ek het ook begin om mense in my tuin te sien. Nee, ek word nie mal nie…dink ek. Ek is byvoorbeeld laventel (myne anyway) in die begin groei die saailinge dat dit bars en dan ewe skielik draai hulle teen my. Te veel water en hulle vrek, te veel son en hulle vrek, te min water, te min son, te veel wind, te min liefde…genade, enige te en die goed vrek. Probeer jy hulle elders plant en hulle vrek of vat twee jaar om te begin groei. Dis ek. Te min of te veel en my siel sal vrek en ek pas nie goed aan met verandering nie, dit vat my jare om wortel te begin skiet. Die jaar het ek begin wortel skiet in Zim. Ek het besef ons gaan nie sommer weer in SA bly nie en dis tyd om hierdie huis MY huis te maak. Snaaks genoeg, hierdie jaar is die eerste keer wat my laventel ordentlik begin groei het.

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Dan is daar mense soos my afrikanertjies. Gooi hulle enige plek en hulle sal groei. Te min water, te veel son, geen kompos? Hulle gee nie om nie. Sodra hulle “dood” is, ploeg jy hulle net weer terug in die grond in en binne ‘n week is daar nuwe plantjies wat loer vir jou. Daar is mense soos my pampoen plantjies wat jy alles perfek kan doen, aandag gee en spuit vir pes maar steeds sal hulle nie groei nie. Hulle sal blomme maak om jou te laat dink iets gaan verander maar nooit sal jy die vrugte pluk van al jou moeite nie. Daar is mense soos my rissies wat in die tuin gegooi word na hulle gebruik is en as jy weer kyk is dit ‘n monster van ‘n rissie bos, oortrek met blomme en rissies en al gee jy niks bly die bos groei.

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Ek dink ek gaan heeldag skryf as ek moet vertel wat ek alles besef het terwyl ek in die tuin rond krap. Ongelukkig kan ek nie want hier waar ek sit kan ek sien die water moet geskuif word en ek het nou net besluit wat om met daardie hoop mooi ronde klippe te doen. Ja, ek het ‘n ding vir klippe okay. Ek dra al wat ‘n mooi klip is huis toe. Net een ding voor ek gaan: ek wou ‘n ou dooie guava boom uit haal maar te ek aan die bas vat besef ek daar is nog groenigheid onder die dooie stukke. Die tuin manager het sy kop geskud toe ek sê ek gaan die boom red, seker vir homself gedink die simpel wit vrou wat nog nooit geboer het weet niks. Ek het water gegee, kompos en elke dag met die boom gaan praat. Dis vreemd, I know maar ek het my hand op haar gaan sit en gevra sy moenie moed op gee nie. Vandag toe ek daar gaan draai is daar twee nuwe takke, oortrek met helder groen blare. Ek sal erken dat ek ‘n traan gepik het.

Sommige mense gaan kerk toe, ek gaan tuin toe.

Hasie

24 Lost Gardening Tips from 100 Years Ago ? — PoinTTalkers

STORIES CONTRIBUTED BY MICHAEL MOORE While many things improve with age and advanced technology, there are some things that stand the test of time. What worked perfectly a century ago is still just as effective and useful today as it was then. Here are some great gardening tips from the early 1900’s. 100 years ago […]

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Ringing Cedars’ Anastasianism

Vir byna 3 jaar nou al, loop ek die wêreld vol met die click van ‘n mouse. My avonture het my anders na my lewe laat kyk. Hoeveel tyd ek mors voor ‘n skerm, hoe tuinmaak my ‘n groter liefde vir die Skepper gee as wat kerk toe gaan doen, hoe meeste mense wat nooit ander gelowe ondersoek eintlik ‘n pyn in die gat is. Ek wil graag nie ‘n pyn wees nie. Ek wil alles weet van almal se manier van glo want ek wil met jou kan gesels oor hoe jy dink, ek wil verstaan hoe jou hart werk en wat jou siel laat sing en dalk is ek bevoorreg genoeg om iets mooi by jou te leer. So het ek die week met iemand gesels wat ‘n Ringing Cedar is en reg maak vir ‘n pelgrims tog Rusland toe. Nog nooit van hierdie geloof gehoor nie so natuurlik spring ek uit my vel om te hoor wat dit is en vir een of ander rede pop Rusland die laaste maand oral op waar ek gaan snuffel. Dis ‘n teken reken ek. Ek wil straight of the bat herken dat ek eers gedink het dis ‘n cult (mag dalk steeds wees) en dat alles mooi klink tot hy my vertel van waar almal op ‘n stukkie grond saam bly. Jammer maar ek hou skaars van die 5 mense wat deel is van my lewe, hoe moet ek nou saam hulle bly? Nee dankie. Anyway, hier is ‘n kort beskrywing van wat hierdie geloof is (dankie Wikipedia):

The Ringing Cedars (Russian: Звенящие Кедры) or Anastasianism (Анастасианство, Анастасиизм) is a new religious movement[1] that started in central Russia in 1997 and has since spread across the world.[2] It is based on the series of ten books entitled The Ringing Cedars of Russia written by Vladimir Megre.[2] At the 2018 Frankfurt Book Fair, where the author drew a large crowd,[3] it was claimed the books have sold 20 million copies worldwide and have been translated in 20 languages.[4]

Family, tradition and environmentalism are core values for the Anastasians.[5] The knowledge contained in the books is attributed to a woman named Anastasia who dwells in the Siberian Taiga. Ringing Cedars’ Anastasians are sometimes categorisable as Rodnovers,[6] as many of them are proponents of the return to a Slavic Native Faith (Rodnovery) or other indigenous religion. Other scholars do not categorise them as Rodnovers, but as a distinct modern Pagan movement.[7] The books that the movement relies upon offer a holistic worldview teaching about humanity’s relationship with nature, God and the universe, the creation of the world, the power of thought in modelling the future, cyclical eschatology, relationships between men and women, and education.[2]

The name “Ringing Cedars” comes from Anastasians’ beliefs about spiritual qualities of the Siberian “cedar” (actually a species of pine). Anastasianism has been classified as part of the broad spectrum of self-described “Vedic” religions arising in post-Soviet Russia. Anastasians propose a whole new model of social organisation, that of the “kinship homestead” or settlement (родовое поместье, rodovoye pomest’ye).[8] The Ringing Cedars have become popular in Russia, and the movement has also spread to other Slavic countries, broader Eastern Europe, and communities have also been established in the West.[9] In Russia, Anastasians face the hostility of the Russian Orthodox Church.[10]

The two names of the movement are explainable as follows: “Ringing Cedars” refers to the movement’s beliefs about the spiritual qualities of the Siberian cedar, a kind of pine;[6] “Anastasia” (Ἀναστασία, Anastasía), from anástasis (ἀνάστασις), is a Greek phenomenological word meaning “resurrection”.[11]

The theme of the “singing tree” appears across various Indo-European-originated cultures; Anastasians consider themselves the reintegrators or resurrectors of the authentic Vedic spiritual culture, authentic Russian religion consisting in the cultivation of Rod (God as generation/nature), which has been preserved over the centuries by Russian settlers and volkhvs (shamans) in Siberia who fled the Christianisation of Kievan Rus’—a Christianisation which was decided by the ruling elites in order to disrupt the ties of society and of human society with the natural world (ancestors and gods of the environment as the direct link to Rod) justifying the confiscation of all land and the enslavement of the population.[12]

Beliefs[edit]

Rod’s symbol, representing the attunement with the cycles of the Sun, the day and the year.[12]

Theology[edit]

The Ringing Cedars may be described as a nature religion, since Anastasian spirituality emphasises the sacredness of nature or generation, conceived as a source of divinity and the mean of communication with God (Rod). Scholar Rasa Pranskevičiūtė characterises this vision as pantheistic, and notes how it is a fundamental influence in Anastasians’ social project.[13] They stress the importance of harmony, that is to say giving and receiving love and respect, appropriate reciprocal cultivation, to be put into practice among individual persons and between the community of individuals and the divinity of all nature.[14]

A Lithuanian Anastasian has defined God as follows:[15]

God is Nature – a twitter of birds, the wind, a rustle of trees… everything that is in Nature is the living book of sensual information, and much more: He touches us through Nature.

Anastasians believe that nature is the “materialised thoughts of God”. All living things are believed to be thoughts of God, and therefore by communicating with them humanity may communicate with God.[15]

Morality[edit]

The Ringing Cedars believe in the interconnectedness of all being, and therefore they greatly emphasise the moral responsibility of individuals and humanity towards the surrounding world. They believe that human thoughts and feelings actively, magically influence the surrounding world, having the power to affirm or disrupt natural harmony. Pranskevičiūtė reports the following excerpt from Megre’s doctrine (1998):[16]

When a man is full of love, he is entirely radiant. That energy of radiance reflects into the planets above him in a short particle of a second, comes back to earth again and gives life to everything that is alive… If a man is ful of anger, his disseminating radiance is dark; it cannot rise up and penetrated deeply into the Earth. After striking deep into the bowels [of the Earth], it comes back and manifests itself as a volcanic eruption, an earthquake, war.

In order to be respectful towards other forms of life, Anastasians try to eschew any form of killing, and therefore they adopt vegetarianvegan, and raw food diets, and wear clothes made of natural materials.[16]

Heaven on earth and reincarnation[edit]

Buildings in the Korenskye kinship estate in the Shebekinsky District of Belgorod Oblast.

According to Megre, when a man lives in harmony with his own kin within a homestead of at least a hectare in size, a “love space” is established. A “love space” is where God is presentimmanent, and constitutes a “Heaven on earth”, where kindred people grow together with the surrounding world. The concept of “love space” is not merely geographic, but includes anything good which an individual may create.[17] A kinship homestead is also a web of natural relationship, between kindred people.[18]

In other words, the kinship homestead mirrors the modality of God’s work through nature. In his hectare of land a man is capable of building a house with natural materials, growing plants and domesticating animals, creating an ecosystem.[19] As such it is perceived as a holy land, a microcosm reflecting the macrocosm, wherein individuals may “co-create” with kindred people and with God.[20] According to Anastasians’ own experiences reported by Andreeva and Pranskevičiūtė, the new social organisation represented by the kinship homesteads helps people to leave the unnatural and decaying urban technocratic system, which they conceive as a close system which smothers human creativity ensnaring it in meaningless behaviours.[21]

A Russian Anastasian has described her experience of the kinship homestead as follows:[22]

[It is] a way to open your inner potential – it is the place where every person can open his inner potential to the maximum – in other words, to live in accordance with the programs which have been put by God… Through Nature you can gain insight into God’s purpose.

The “love space” always corresponds to a transcendental space where an individual may be reborn. Anastasians believe that reincarnation may be consciously planned, and it occurs in the lineage. Reincarnation occurs within the “love space”, or the established kin, because the offspring remember their ancestors. The Ringing Cedars believe that humans and all of reality is fundamentally energy of thought, and ancestors may be reborn if they are thought by their descendants.[17]

Eschatology[edit]

In the books, Anastasia teaches a cyclical eschatology, according to which time develops through three phases: a “Vedic” (of vision) period when humanity lives in harmony with Heaven; an “Imagic” (of image) period when knowledge starts to be codified and concentrates in the hands of progressively fewer holy men; and an “Occultic” (of hiding) period in which knowledge is totally “hidden” and humanity’s consciousness severely downgrades. The contemporary epoch is considered to be one of the third type. Anastasians believe that they are at the forefront of the rebirth of a “Vedic” golden age, and their appeals to go “back to nature” imply to go back to the awareness which characterises humanity during such golden ages, which also equates to a reawakening of the ancestors. These ideas are expressed in Ringing Cedars’ books as follows:[23]

When we find our inner charms, how to awake our inner ancestors…we are born as young gods.

Anastasians engage in nature-worshipping ceremonies and individual rituals. Rituals for hallowing the “love spaces” are crucial for most believers.[15] The Ringing Cedars also organise pilgrimages to various sites which they consider to be holy, where they believe they may communicate with the ancestors through meditation. These sites include megalithic buildings like the dolmens of North Caucasus, and sites on the Black Sea coast, especially Gelendzhik in the region of Krasnodar. Lithuanian Anastasians make pilgrimage to a holy site in Tverai.[28]

According to Andreeva and Pranskevičiūtė, Russian Anastasians tend to give a political meaning to their experience, feeling actively engaged in a movement which frees from the yoke of technocracy and evil Western forces.[29] The 2000s–2010s Great Recession has contributed to the strengthening of Anastasians’ eschatological beliefs.[30]

Russian Anastasians also tend to give nationalist connotations to the concept of “love space”, extending it to mean the “Russian nation” as an overarching concept, espouse traditionalist values, and Anastasianism for them represents an ethnocultural phenomenon. Otherwise, Anastasians in other countries, for instance Lithuania, tend to focus on spiritual beliefs and on the restoration of traditional rites.[31] According to some observers, the Anastasian system of kinship homesteads is providing a solution to Russia’s housing problems.[32]

Moenie sê die Hass leer jou  nie iets nie. Hierdie het my laat dink aan die Amish maar die Anastasians is meer betrokke by die samelewing. Ek dink egter ons gaan nog baie van hierdie natuur gelowe sien opduik soos wat die mens moeg word vir stede en skerms. So slim soos die mens is, so min kry ons dit in ons koppe dat ons nie gemaak is om so ver van die natuur af te lewe nie. Maak nie saak wat jy glo nie, ons almal probeer tog maar terug keer na die tuin van Eden waar ons begin het en waar ons saam Hom gekuier het. ‘n Primitiewe instink wat veroorsaak dat mense soos ek hopeloos te veel geld op plante spandeer.

Lekker Dag,

Hasie

The Gospel of Compost — The Allergic Pagan

This is my gospel, my good news. It is not story of the permanent triumph of life over death, but of the eternal interconnectedness of life and death, of joy and defeat, of loss and fulfillment. This is the gospel of compost.

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I am so proud of my little heap of compost that this really hit home for me. Don’t let the pagan thing put you off, everyone can apply this.

Hasie

It’s Spring Time!

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The spring equinox is also called the vernal equinox and has long been celebrated as a time of renewal and rebirth.

WHAT IS THE EQUINOX?

The equinox is when the sun crosses over the equator. On the exact moment of the equinox the sun shines directly on the equator before continuing its journey northwards or southwards depending on the time of year.

On the spring equinox the sun passes over the equator and continues northwards, on the autumnal equinox the sun crosses over the equator and continues its its southward declination.

The word Equinox is derived from Latin, which means “equal night.” When the sun passes over the equator on the equinox, the length of day and night are said to be approximately equal. This means that there will be approximately 12 daylight hours and 12 hours of darkness on both the vernal equinox and the autumnal equinox.

WHEN IS THE SPRING EQUINOX?

In the northern hemisphere the spring equinox occurs in March, while the autumnal equinox is celebrated in September. These are reversed in the southern hemisphere.

In the southern hemisphere the spring equinox happens in September, while the the autumnal equinox falls in March. (Pun intended–lol!)

Even though the date and time of each equinox changes slightly each year, the spring vernal equinox and fall autumnal equinox always occur at the same exact date and time all over the world. The season you welcome depends on the side of the equator that you live on!

This means that the southern hemisphere celebrates the autumnal equinox on the same date and time that the northern hemisphere celebrates the spring equinox and vice versa.

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WHAT IS THE SPRING EQUINOX?

The spring equinox is when the Sun crosses the celestial equator and moves northwards from the equator at 23.5 South. The spring equinox marks the first official day of spring in both the northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere.

WHEN IS THE SPRING EQUINOX?

The spring equinox typically falls between March 20 – 22 in the northern hemisphere and most often occurs between September 21 – 23 in the Southern hemisphere. On rare occasions the equinox can happen just outside of those date ranges.

This year the spring equinox will happen on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 5:58 P.M. EDT — 21:58 UTC in the northern hemisphere.

In the southern hemisphere the spring equinox is on Monday September 23, 2019 at 3:50 A.M. EDT — 07:50 UTC

WHAT IS THE VERNAL EQUINOX?

The vernal equinox is the spring equinox. The spring vernal equinox is the moment that the sun passes over the celestial equator on its journey towards its northernmost declination. You can also call the spring equinox the March equinox if you live in the northern hemisphere and the September equinox if you live in the southern hemisphere.

HOW TO CELEBRATE THE SPRING EQUINOX

GET OUTSIDE & CONNECT

Take some time to celebrate the new life that surrounds you in nature. Watch the sunrise and/or sunset, go for a walk in the park, take a bike ride, lay in the grass, or take a hike. As you do so, observe all the new life beginning around you.

 PLANT NEW LIFE

This is a good time of year to start planting your flowers and gardens if you haven’t already. If you live in an area where it is still not possible to plant anything, you can start some plants indoors or get your yard and garden ready for late spring plantings.

You may enjoy how to plant organic spring flowers and  growing sunflowers, just click the links for all of our spring flower tips!

BRING SPRING INTO YOUR HOME

  • Pick or purchase a bouquet of spring flowers or make a bouquet of felt flowers.
  • Refresh and renew your home and body with essential oils. There is nothing like an essential oil diffuser to bring the fresh scents of spring into the home.

PREPARE A FAMILY FEAST

No spring celebration is really complete without a family meal to go along with it. For the solstice, celebrate with foods that honor the coming of spring — eggs, early spring greens, shoots, sprouts, seasonal local produce, local bread, wine, etc.

Spend some time with your family shopping at your local farmers market or produce stand to collect local spring food to prepare for your spring feast!

HAVE OR ATTEND A BONFIRE

A bonfire is a great way to celebrate the equinox. Tell stories, dance, sing, beat drums, play music, and celebrate the spring.

ENJOY SPRING ARTS, CRAFTS, AND STEAM ACTIVITIES

Creating spring crafts is a great way to welcome in the season. Check out our SPRING BUCKET LIST list for lots of seasonal crafts and activities including how to make a Spring Easter Egg Tree.

Another spring craft you can make with the kids is this gorgeous Four Season Handprint and Fingerprint Tree!  Feel free to do all seasons or just a spring tree.

Four season handprint tree fingerprint tree art

 

ADD SPRING DECOR TO YOUR HOME

Decorate your home with DIY spring home decor. We like to set up and decorate a spring Easter tree on the equinox and keep it up until Easter Sunday.

You can also try some of the spring arts and crafts found on our spring bucket list, or create a spring nature table.

make a spring nature table for the vernal equinox

STAND AN EGG ON ITS END

Legend says that you can stand an egg on its end during the spring equinox. I have never tried this, and I’m pretty sure it’s hogwash… but it sounds fun!

You can convince your guests to attempt it as a party prank while waiting for your spring solstice family feast!

RESTORE BALANCE IN THE HOME

Restore balance in the home by doing a spring deep cleaning. Get rid of clutter and anything that you no longer need to make space for the new season.

Related: How to Make Natural Cleaning Products.

BEGIN SOMETHING NEW

Solstices and equinoxes are a great time of year to let go of the old and begin fresh. As the days begin to grow longer and the temperatures begin to warm, people begin to spend more and more time outdoors. It is a great time to begin something new.

ESTABLISH A DAILY ROUTINE OR RHYTHM

Spring is typically a time of renewal and rebirth. Establishing a new daily routine or rhythm can help ease transitions, increase productivity, and provide a framework for your daily-do’s.

Children also thrive on rhythms in the home. Head over to read How to Plan Your Daily Routine and Weekly Rhythm to learn more about the power of routine in the home.

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Full Article: https://rhythmsofplay.com/ways-celebrate-spring-vernal-equinox/