That is my favorite Christmas song! When the population left the land for city living they also left behind their connection to the earth. Most people now have no idea where their food comes from or what it takes to get it to them. I have to admit grocery stores seem to be in some sort of magical realm providing all the foods you can imagine, as long as you possess the coin of the realm. I know what I’m talking about because I too grew up in the city and was oblivious to what went on in the countryside.
When the more modern belief systems replaced what is often referred to as paganism, all reverence for the earth and nature was replaced with the worship of a deity. Sometimes this deity was just the head of state and then finally a mystical figure that much of the world calls God. That left a world that became viewed as merely a vessel to hold humans until some prophecy or other took us away or transformed the planet.
The idea that our planet is not just a rock in space but a living organism that sustains us was lost and so there is no need to care for it as if it could be hurt or injured, poisoned or depleted. Some people began to preach the idea that we are not even part of this world: “we are in the world, not of the world”. It is no more than a cosmic bus station that we are forced to pass through on our way to something better.
I feel so fortunate to have been able to break away from the thought control that dictated my way of thinking before we came to the land. Having been there, in the frame of mind that did not allow for other possibilities, I understand that it’s not enough to bring facts and artifacts to others and say you’ve been deceived. As Morphius said in The Matrix, “you have to see it for yourself”.
There is no better time than in the bleak mid-winter to reconnect with those life forces that sustained us long before emperors became gods and church dogma told us how to think about one another and the world we all live in. Even the high holy days follow the seasons.