Yes, I know I'm a big hippy, but I've come up with my own manifesto, the result of years of talking with Currawong and friends. In the logo above, there's also two silent C's, for Conscious and Chaotic (which is written backwards - of course). The short version is the HEALTH MANIFESTO......
Since we moved away from our earliest families and set out to explore the earth as it was going through its constant evolution, we’ve found a myriad of ways to be different to each other, in our dress, skin and insides. Boundaries and territories and theologies have carved battle and the knitting together of close hierarchical groups to survive onto our souls. We mirror the other mammals in how we’ve reacted to limited resources and land – we’ve formed bullying hierarchies that advance territory, and see ‘the other’ as dehumanised, thereby justifying our warfare. We’ve also managed to become hoarders to defy any other hoarding animal – taking it to outrageous extremes.
Since we first made that deal with the grass called wheat that we used as a tool to settle, (or perhaps, the wheat that used us for colonisation) we’ve been working out how to over-ride our instincts towards peaceful living, to create warriors and distinctions so we could keep acquiring the land we needed to perform agriculture. The Spartans threw their babies to the ground and buried placentas on battlefiels, the Mayans separated their boys early from their families, and we western humans in particular, have come up with multitudinous forms of bonding interruption and layers of seperation to create warriors, to keep advancing our civilized bulldozing of the world.
But in Humanimals early evolution, we traded our easy births and more independent babies for walking and a bigger brain to think with. And we believe the time has come for Humanimals to use those brains we traded up for, and consciously evolve beyond the need for warfare, hoarding, hierarchies and bullying tactics. Because we stand on the brink of mass extinctions that threaten not only us but every other animal, landscape and seascape on the planet. It’s time for us to get together on this, be the change we want to see in the world, and take personal responsibility for the time we occupy on this planet.
The earth herself has shown that no matter what she endures…….she will go on. And we wish to go on in HEALTH with her.
We believe that it is time for us to emerge from our waking sleep, as slaves in a civilised society, that treats us like children, and informs us that we wouldn’t learn without being forced, and we wouldn’t be ‘good’ without limiting rules, and we wouldn’t co-operate or work unless we were made to. Our societal structures have revolved around guilt and fear, punishment and revenge, judgement, rules and hierarchies. While indigenous societies all over the world have quietly shown, from the time we started forming tribes, how Humanimals can coexist peacefully with the other animals and ecosystems, through experiencing a connection with everything, and accepting everything as an integral part of the Healthy Whole.
In a great and delicious irony, in all our learning and civilising, we’ve searched and searched for truths until we’ve found them, in the lap of Science and Quantum Physics, and on the shoulders of Chaos, that we’ve had the universe contained within us allways, all the answers we’d ever need are locked in our DNA, and what the indigenous nations were saying all along about everything being connected was true. We live in a conscious universe, and it’s safe to trust that consciousness, and relinquish our grasp of control, to start exploring what an interconnected universe is really all about. Everything that we’ve done to the world ‘out there’, we’ve actually done to ourselves.
And no matter what other distinctions you may be able to lay upon the collective Humanimal soul, we are all reflected by Mother, Father and Child, as the realities of our species, and we are all Born, we Live and have Sex, and Die, just like all the other species. These are the things that every Humanimal either does or has the potential to do within them. The realities of our existence that connect us no matter what other categories we can create.
I think any reasonable Humanimal would be hard pressed to find many examples of our modern societies working healthily. Threats, bullying, standardised birthing and education, governments, corporations, dogmatic religion, wage slaving, hierarchies and punishment haven’t really worked have they. To try and trace back and untangle the threads that we’ve woven as dominators of the planet is hard work and obtuse, and reinvigorates old arguments.
Instead, we identify the areas of Birthing, Living, Travelling, Sex, Water, Food, Home and Death to be our sovereign Humanimal birthrights, and sacred occupations in which the search for betterment and understanding for all of us and the rest of our planet, is to be encouraged and supported in the striving of our species evolution.
It’s time to create a Conscious way forward into a HEALTHy future for everything……. To create the future we’re wishing for and step into it.
Humanimal Evolution And Liberation Through Harmony
FIRST - We claim the right to embrace our Human experience and liberate our DNA connected, sovereign, and autonomous human natures, and to consciously evolve, as our ancestors have done for millions of years. And we embrace our religion as the living of our lives.
SECOND - We’ve learnt and felt that the entire universe is a conscious ocean of connection, and the drop goes into the ocean, but the ocean also goes into the drop. Every single Humanimal is born with a purpose and destiny, and the most sacred profession we can engage in is to truly know and be ourselves.
THIRD - We acknowledge that there are infinite ways to express divinity, spirituality, God, creativity, and faith, and paths that have formed around the Humanimal instincts of searching out Love, Respect, Peace and Freedom. And we believe that when you reduce all the worlds religions and spiritualities down to their synthesis, they are all striving to be the best they can be, to do no harm, and to work towards love and compassion. So we claim the right to express our personal beliefs, spiritualities, truths, and philosophies in our individual ways, and have them accepted and supported as equally valid as any other. From journeying with organised religion to worshipping a guitar…….everything is relative and a matter of perspective, and valuable to the HEALTHy whole.
FOURTH - We insist on taking personal responsibility for how we birth, live, learn, engage in consensual sex, travel, and die, and own these sacred traditions as an essential part of searching out our deep Humanimal natures and identities, engaging in all these traditions that are as old as our Humanimal bodies. All of these areas have been shrouded in dogma, control, hierarchies, and rules for longer than we care to remember, and we believe it’s time for us to search through them with a fresh perspective. To find ways of performing them that reflect our stage of conscious evolution.
FIFTH - To all the sacred trinities that have been revered throughout our spiritual evolution, we add two more. The first being –
That of Mother, Father, Child, as a representation of who we all come from, the cycle we can all experience, and the possibilities of who we can be. While we have known the age of the Mother, and that of the Father, we believe that this is the age of the Child. Because they are the ones who will remind us of who we have always been.
That of Birth, Sex and Death, as the inextricably linked trinity that is the reflection of all the great cycles within and without us, from whence we all come and to where we all go.
SIXTH - We share solidarity with all the indigenous people of the earth, the scientists and techno wizards, the philosophers and (R)evolutionary thinkers, and the eco-warriors and fringedwellers, who have all carved evolutionary thinking and hacked out free realities to express the Humanimal potentials in living respectfully and sustainably. And we declare that compassionate searching into our indigenous and ancestral roots, alongside our search for how to create HEALTHy alternatives, are important elements of forming identity and community. Learning our languages, songs, traditional dress, stories, heritage, ancient lores and histories. At the same time as developing new ones, that explore ways of bringing spiritual and religious significance to everything we do.
SEVENTH - Whilst living as perpetual children in a master slave society, we’ve actually oppressed our own children, and tried to force them to become like us. They have often been the unspoken but understood possessions, slaves, powerless victims and lab rats of our cultural fads. We believe that rather than teach them to be like us, we could instead learn from them, and let them remind us of the awe, curiosity, fascination, honesty, unconditional love and boundless enthusiasm with which we’re born into life, when born into love. To see ourselves and magic in the simple and magnificent miracles of our personal worlds and universe. And liberate the children within and without us.
EIGHTH - We claim our Humanimal birthright as being reflections of a chaotically harmonious universe, to honour the inherent consciousness of ecosystems and balance, and form our communities, self and community governance and regulation, collective endeavours, monetary systems, trade and commerce, on the model of a wheel or circle. Where every person/idea/trade/spoke of the wheel is equally needed, appreciated, valid and essential to the whole. And everybody feels empowered and appreciated in their role of collective self governance.
NINTH - We encourage every single Humanimal to find the occupation, trade, or life path that makes them sing, and then to set sail on a never ending quest to find different and unique ways of doing…….everything. We honour the long lineage of self taught Masters and Mistresses of their fields who created whole new vistas to explore from pursuing their passions. And we celebrate the magnificence and brilliance of the human spirit, that has continued to create beauty, art, evolving thought, innovation, love, compassion and forgiveness, despite the cages and dark places that we’ve visited through oppressive and narrow paradigms.
TENTH - We spread like a virus the love of learning, and encourage Humanimals to explore concepts like Pantheism, Animism, Humanism, The Gaia Theory, Chaos Theory, Anarchy, Gifting Economies, Self Organisation, Community Supported Agriculture, The Farmers Market Movement, the Zapatistas, Evolution, Natural History, Ethnopaediatrics, Biomimicry, Alternative Technology, Birthing practices, Bonding, The Peace Movement, Indigenous spiritualities, a Wide and Broad World History, the Community Movement, Sexual histories, Attachment Parenting, historical dwellings, Nomadic cultures and the modern Protest movement, and all the different ways we’ve survived…… And take it all in, and sit with it, and then make up their own minds based on comparison and their personal life experience. Disregard the bits that don’t work for them, and take the bits that do, and create their own webwork of understanding, and then help to continue the evolution of thought. Whilst having a greater appreciation of all the diverse ways of understanding and enlightenment we can take.
ELEVENTH - We claim our religious birthright, to form families, tribes and communities, as we feel drawn. To create homes that reflect our needs, survival, and unique natures. To travel freely in safe vehicles with homes inside them, and to meet, share, trade, work, gift, do ceremony, perform, celebrate and hang out together. To educate ourselves according to our desires and interests and with the support of mentors. To birth in the way that we and our babies deserve, and to engage in activities that aid in our survival, enlightenment, and evolution. To express our Humanimal love and lust with consensual partners, and explore our natures, smells, needs, rituals, preferred environments and foods. To evolve our own death ceremonies and burials. To experience connection with our planet, fellow earth dwellers, food, water, home, births, sexuality, rituals, learning and death.
TWELFTH - We acknowledge suffering, grief, pain, and the underworlds of humanity as well, as parts of the whole, and that these undergrounds give us great lessons, insights, empathy, compassion, balance, forgiveness, and motivation to evolve. We believe that every humanimal has the potential for everything within them, as a reflection of the macro in the micro, but that in owning our shadows, and sewing them back onto ourselves like Wendy did with Peter Pan, we can reclaim them from the civilised world gone crazy with shadow power, and eat them back into ourselves.
THIRTEENTH - We dedicate ourselves to exploring new ways to make our homes, towns, farms and cities, Humanimal, Ecosystem, and Earth friendly. Sustainable and HEALTHy. To repairing the damage that our fathers and mothers have wrought. To keep endeavouring to know ourselves, but to also keep exploring our physical environment, and in conjunction with soaring into space, also delve the depths of our oceans and inner planet.
FOURTEENTH - We propose the creation of Humanimal Wildlife Sanctuaries, where Humanimals can live free of constriction and contract and obligation, to explore their Humanimal natures and release themselves back into the wild should they so choose. With the freedom to help heal and nurture the wild, and assist it to renew itself from the ravages of monocultural agriculture. In these sanctuaries we will also explore our ancestry and genetic lineages, as a means towards discovering and creating identities that fit us collectively and individually. They could also be places for natural learning centres along the lines of Uniterra, and birthing centres removed from the sick and dying, schedules and routines, and dying centres where age is celebrated, learned from, and helped with peaceful and dignified deaths. Community banks, insurance funds, alternate monetary systems, libraries, health centres, and centres of trade could also be created. And we can also work out better ways to deal with those that harm others, than to torture them and lock them away. All managed by our wheels of council. Dealing with these matters as empathetic fellow humanimals, instead of harsh and vengeful judges, and dealing with our matters communally and locally, rather than subjugate everybody to the guilty until proven innocent clause, implemented by strangers.
FIFTEENTH – We claim our birthright, and will strive to reinvigorate Humanimals most ancient form of community, the town market. Where we can form local networks, food and seed banks, connections of care, share ideas, and grow our local communities, food, water sources, clothing, adornment, rituals, festivals, authentic relationships,learnings, tools and skills.
SIXTEENTH – We dedicate ourselves to a process of continual conscious evolution, and state that even our beginning searchings into the formation of our communities, shall always be viewed as historical documents and incidences, and will never become dogma or worship. We will retain an adapting, changing, evolving record and representation of our search into our selves and our planet.
We are the result of thousands of generations of love, and our ancestors wish to welcome us
back into their arms.