Society for Globally
April 1, 2001
Mr. Arnold Sanders
127 Pumpkin Lane
Pleasantview, Virginia 12746
Dear Mr. Sanders,
We hope you are well and happy
today for, sadly, we bring you some distressing news.
As part of our biological study
on human normalcy, for over 51 years we have been monitoring
your thoughts by analyzing your actions.
Please permit me to be blunt. Our research shows
that you have mentally become a zombie. For the betterment of
all, we suggest at this time that you either rehabilitate your
thinking or you publically declare yourself to be a misguided
idiot and demand to be institutionalized in order to protect
life on Earth. We strongly recommend you choose rehabilitation
and offer you the means to accomplish it.
No doubt you think this is
a prank or crank letter. Unfortunately, that is a typical zombie
reaction. If you believe this is a joke, be assured you are wrong.
You are a typical zombie. I know because I am one, too. Let me
explain to you what this means and what you may do about it,
if this letter is not already in your waste basket.
Like most normally educated
individuals, you are a victim of contemporary society's conquest
of nature in the name of progress. Our undeclared war against
nature has deadened you emotionally, for you and your natural
senses are a living part of nature. Along with nature, they have
been conquered, too.
No matter what our leaders
say to the contrary, since we are part of nature you and I must
be victims when we war against nature. How could it be otherwise?
We each suffer some emotional shell shock of nature conquest
that often makes us into zombies. Zombies suffer from destorted
thinking and many leaders are zombies. They wrongly think we
should not recognize and honor ourselves as victims of our undeclared
war against nature. Why deny this truth? If we don't acknowledge
it, how can we learn to deal with it and its destructive effects?
Your sensory deadening explains
why, indirectly but knowingly, you continue to senselessly destroy
people and other life forms. Why not? Everybody else does it.
You see it all around you. It is normal behavior so you deny
that it is a personal problem. However, you also know that with
respect to living harmoniously with the environment, you and
yours have become death that walks. That, Mr. Sanders, is the
very definition of an ecozombie. In nature that is very abnormal.
Please consider the facts in
the paragraph below. Although every species and all nature-connected
people acknowledge them, ecozombies reject and resent them so
prepare yourself; this won't be comfortable. I don't mean to
insult you, but as a zombie you may have already lost the ability
to think rationally about the following:
An essence of Nature on Planet
Earth is its self-organizing intelligence. It cooperatively creates
and maintains Earth's optimums of life and diversity without
producing garbage, pollutants or our forms of abuse, violence
and madness, including war. Nature's intelligence sustains ecosystems
and their members in cooperative, supportive balance. Its unifying,
community-building, knowledge and regeneration powers promote
wellness and purity in people and the environment. Nothing in
Nature is left out as garbage; everything belongs, a way to describe
perfection and unconditional love. People, being part Nature,
inherit all these abilities.
As a zombie, you, like me,
now may have one of two discomforting reactions to the above
either disagree with it because you are too desensitized to recognize
the sense in it, or you agree with it and are somewhat disturbed
by the abnormal amount of time and thought you spend disconnected
from nature's intelligence, joy and community.
Mr. Sanders, although you were
born a natural being, as a member of contemporary society you
have learned to live over 95% of your life indoors. You have,
in addition, learned to habitually detach your thinking from
nature. We note that even when you visit a rewarding natural
area your thoughts are usually about something else: a personal
problem, the unfairness of your boss, how you can make more money,
a new technology, a political topic, how to win a game, or some
other nature disconnected activity. Almost never is your mind
fully in tune with the wonders that surround you in nature. Worse
still, when you are not in nature, this mental disconnectedness
of yours increases immensely.
You are 52 years old, Mr. Sanders,.
We calculate that in your entire life so far your mentality,
like the national average, has spent only nine hours and twenty
minutes in tune with nature. That is all. Think about it. If
you and I only spent nine hours of our life learning how to read
and write, would we be proficient at it now? Of course not. Is
it then any wonder that the way you have learned to think has
strayed from the unifying, peacefully balanced way that nature
usually works for every other thing on Earth?
Like everything else on our planet, Mr. Sanders,
people are biologically and psychologically a seamless continuum
of nature. Moment by moment we are supported physically and emotionally
by the natural world and its ecosystems. They provide fresh,
pure, food, water, air, sunshine and landscapes along with the
uplifting way and joy that these things make us feel.
As our culture extremely separates
us and our thinking from nature it produces very destructive
consequences. It is like aborting an infant from its mother's
womb; the infant dies. Of course, your deadened mentality remains
on Planet Earth in your body. However, being dead with respect
to nature, it does not interact with natural systems, including
those in people. Instead, idiotically, it trespasses them as
would a destructive outlaw, a zombie, a bull in a china shop,
a cancer that deteriorates many aspects of the Planet and people.
With regard to Nature, society
has carved our psyche to be like that of a person who has been
raised in a closet. During 99.9% of our "normal" lives
our mentality has been closted from nature, taught not
to be in tune with the natural environment. Like a fish removed
from water, our psyche gasps to survive.
We psychologically suffer from
our sensory and intellectual abortion from Mother Nature. As
if an arm has been torn from our body, we hurt. It traumatizes
us. That trauma helps make you a zombie.
Our thinking is similar to
children who have been kept in closets for most of their formative years. Once
discovered, they are hospitalized for decades, full of fear and
anger. They constantly must be guarded otherwise they are problems.
Many never recover, many die.
Like closeted children, our
ability to think clearly disintegrates when we disconnect our
psyche from its nurturing, supportive, origins in Mother Earth.
Our thinking has deteriorated to the point that we don't believe
all this destructiveness has happened to us even though we are
fully aware of our extreme separation from and destruction of
nature. We have yet even to recognize that our great environmental
and social problems are produced because we rip our mentality
from Mother Earths embrace. Psychologically, we have become like
babies who are not held after being born. They lose weight and
eventually waste away. So has part of our mentality.
Unbelieveable? Let me repeat:
although overwhelming evidence shows that, with respect to nature,
you think like an ecozombie, you also know you are normal. You
think like the rest of us. And since the pain of your disconnection
is protectively hidden from consciousness, you neither believe
or want to believe it is there. Most of us in contemporary society
have become ecozombies like you, so you blend in. You do not
see yourself as a zombie. Neither do we. However, you being a
ecozombie makes perfect sense when you consider your effects,
how the way you think produces environmental and social deterioration.
Unfortunately zombies can't make sense of themselves or the world..
Our ability to think rationally in this area has been incapacitated
by our disconnection. As an ecozombie, you must reject and deny
what I am saying here. That too, is normal.
We want from the loss of Mother
Nature in our lives. When we want, there is never enough. In
replacement, we crave and psychologically addict to things. These
things can be unreasonable. They include substance abuse and
abusive interpersonal relationships, even when we know they are
nonsense, destructive, or greedy. That is typical zombie behavior.
It produces death rather than supports life.
Since we ecozombies can produce
artificial substitutes for parts of nature we have lost, we forget
that there is no known substitute for Nature, the real thing
and its eons of intelligent, life supportive, experience. Each
substitute we create falls short of nature's perfection, thus
producing pollution, garbage and relationship disorders. Wildlife
flees our insensitivity as do people. We feel lonely, we sense
that we don't belong.
Because we are disconnected
from nature, we don't turn to nature to help us recycle our polluted
ways. We don't receive the purification, healing and regeneration
that supports the rest of the natural world.
Sanders, you, like me, became an ecozombie because you were born
into a ecozombie community. Our society is no different than
the Governing Council of an island community that consisted entirely
of non-sighted people. Citizens on that island were content and
adequate in their ways, but were born totally blind. One day,
Gulliver, a shipwrecked castaway, half-dead, washed up on the
island. Compassionately many community members nourished and
loved him to full recovery. Then he became the bane of their
existence. He demanded things unknown to them in their blindness:
windows, lights, books, television, painted colors and sunglasses.
The Council investigated and discovered the trouble. Gulliver
had organs that could see. The council, in their wisdom, solved
their and his problem. They surgically removed his eyes. He became
a zombie with respect to sight and pained whenever he was reminded
of the loss of his eyes.
Similar to Gulliver, you and
I have become hurt and desensitized with respect to Nature. Our
society has made you into an ecozombie so you will cooperate
in its conquest of nature. Our society's intentions are honorable
but wrong. It falsely believes it must do this to you and to
nature in order to survive. Like many leaders, you probably don't
recognize that it is insane to destroy our own life support systems.
Compassionately, our soul hides
the pain of our separation from Nature from our awareness. That
way we don't constantly suffer by feeling this anguish. However,
this does not mean we do not contain the hurt. It is alive in
our subconscious where we hide it. Recognizing the horror or
how we stupidly destroy ecosystems and each other is very painful.
Anything that even suggests
further separation of our self from any kind of support brings
our pain to consciousness. Calling you a zombie instead of your
name triggers it. Being questioned in some way because of your
fashions, lifestyle, technologies, job, education, taste, religion,
music, race, speech, ideas, desires, politics, drugs or other
attachments triggers the pain. Each possible rejection brings
the hurt from disconnection back into consciousness to some extent.
For this reason, your ecozombie life mainly consists of trying
to be emotionally safe by walking the thin line that keeps you
from being rejected and keeps you from rejecting others so that
they won't be hurt and therefore won't reject you. That sterile
wayt of relating, Mr. Ecozombie, is apathy; emotional death.
It restricts freedom and demands pacifiers. It destructively
erodes our politics, economics and spirit. When it becomes unbearable,
depression, suicide or a shooting spree can result.
Through their advertising and
dogmas, business, political, spiritual and academic leaders deliberately
rejection feelings. They then sell you some product of theirs
to pacify your discomfort. Yhis kind of consumerism is a mainstay
of our economy. Most of these products do not promote our survival
by promoting Earth's wellness. Rather they serve to temporarily
satisfy our hurt, fears and wants. This tranquilization furthers
our zombie-like apathy to our troubles. It prevents us from getting
involved in solutions.
We know that most products
we use stupidly make further demands on the environment. That
adds to our discord. It makes us further cringe into zombmission.
The result is that increasingly our zombified population suffers
from stress, mental and environmental disorders. We turn to our
leaders for help, but because our intelligence-challenged, sentiently-disadvantaged
ecozombie thinking selected them as leaders for their outstanding
ecozombie achievements, our situation usually worsens. We feel
helpless, so we celebrate what is left of our lives by dancing
on the deck of our sinking ship or becoming dependent on tranquilizers.
"Back to back, mon, belly
I don't give a damn 'cause I'm stone dead already;
Oh, back to back, belly to belly
It's a zombie jamboree."
- Conrad Eugene Mauge, Jr.
Mr. Sanders, there is some
good news. There is hope. Nothing is perfect. This means, neither
you nor I are a perfect ecozombie. Somewhere in your thinking
and feeling you recognize that there may be a grain of truth
in the observations I have shared here. If this is not true,
why in the world would you have read this far? If I was a perfect
Ecozombie, how could I have written you this letter? For entertainment?
Out of curiosity? Not possible. Perfect zombies are too dead
to experience them. For this reason let me offer you an important,
short, two-part message. I direct it to that critically thinking,
zombie-free, still alive part of you. That part of you is the
one that understands why study after study shows that medicine,
mental health, therapies and education work better when they
are connected to nature. That part of you will find my message
completely accurate and very useful. Ready? Test yourself:
1. Since the extreme disconnection of our thinking
from nature causes unsolvable personal, social and global problems,
genuinely reconnecting our thinking with nature helps us solve
( ) YES..( ) NO.
2. Your intact, non-zombie,
natural self can learn an accredited Natural Systems Thinking
Process (NSTP). It enables your thinking to genuinely reconnect
with nature and thereby promote personal, social and environmental
wellness. Are you too far gone to seek help by being helpful?
( ) YES..( ) NO.
NSTP enables you to help yourself
and others recover from our ecozombie disorders by learning how
to psychologically reconnect with nature, backyard or back country.
NSTP is just one link away. It is a
missing link in the way you have learned to think.
Mr. Sanders, of what use is
it for you or I to have hopes and ideals if we don't have a valid
process to implement them? That process is readibly available.
My congratulations to you for
reading this far.
C. King Helpnow
The ISGER Ecozombie Committee to Reverse Ecozombi disorders.
P.S. Do the Results
of Ecozombie Thinking prove just how stupid or how smart
this letter is?