their end-of-the-day fatigue comes from satisfying work and endeavours, not from being shut up in too small a mind-set, job or relationship*
Clarissa Pinkola Estés
because I have eyes, I have the need to see; because I have ears, I have the need to hear; because I have a mind, I have the need to think; and because I have a heart, I have the need to feel. In short, because I am a man, I am in need of man and of the world**
Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ wild women are not out of control, but in their true nature. Equally, Erich Fromm’s multi-gendered “man” is similarly connecting.
We may think of smart phones as providing incredible connectivity, but we have always been instruments of deep connection, as Kelly Bird makes visible when she observes:
Source: Life force. Around us, in us, a wellspring of energy to tap into at any minute.^
As John Muir understood more than a century earlier:
This was my method of study. I drifted from rock to rock, from stream to stream, from grove to grove. … When I discovered a new plant, I sat down beside it for a minute or day, to make its acquaintance and try to hear what it had to say. …. I asked the boulders I met, whence they came from and whither they are going.^^
We may judge this strange talk, but there is nothing stranger than a creature denying its creatureliness, its natural state … disconnected.
*From Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ Women Who Run With the Wolves;
**From Erich Fromm’s The Revolution of Hope:
^From Kelly Bird’s Generative Scribing;
^John Muir, from Philip Newell’s Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul.