Not that Prince wasn't highly gifted or perceptive, but that much of the chaos and craziness we're seeing today was already evident in 2010. What stands out for me that year is the particularly ominous and foreboding Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that leaked an astonishing 70,000 barrels of oil a day for a total of 87 days.
It felt apocalyptic and still does as I reflect on it even today with great sadness for the all-but-forgotten or ignored horrific devastation it left in its wake—about which Mother Nature cannot forget.
How do you remember this moment?
I distinctly remember feeling anguished about it and suspect that those 87 days impacted all of our psyches and souls as a planet—and perhaps most especially for small children who feel and think deeply but who lack a language for their feelings, as well as our insightful and sensitive artists and cultural critics like Prince.
2021 is a testament not only to our not having learned that we, as humans, are a part of nature, but also that when we are not in sync, this gets manifest in nature—and increasingly with a ferociousness as we are seeing today.
The Delta Variant is exploding through the populace right now. And the Western U.S. is ablaze with more than 50 large fires burning at this very moment on this day of July 30, 2021.
About an hour ago, I shared with a dear friend, Lydia Perez, my own sense of the combined factors of white supremacist politics, the Delta variant, and the raging fires. Like a match on dry grass, we spontaneously combusted with a shared analysis and sharp critique, revealing the gravity of these otherwise concealed thoughts and feelings. She pointed out the four elements and how they are all currently activated. Wind (airborne virus), water (floods), fire, and Earth with earthquakes, a daily affair.
I couldn't agree with her more. Our Indigenous knowledge and wisdom speak to this. Consider the following:
"During the past 24 hours, there were 1 quake of magnitude 6.2, 5 quakes between 5.0 and 6.0, 40 quakes between 4.0 and 5.0, 120 quakes between 3.0 and 4.0, and 260 quakes between 2.0 and 3.0. There were also 508 quakes below magnitude of 2.0 which people don't normally feel."
So, just in the last 24 hours, 426 earthquake were felt by people worldwide and an additional 508 occurred but were probably not felt. And precious little of this is newsworthy any longer. It's only something "to track." The historic Western fires in the meantime compete with maddening Washington and Texas politics and vaccine news.
It felt good to share in another's concerns and anxieties today. We both agreed that all of these phenomena we are witnessing are connected and that our job today is literally to survive and to actively protect and love the children, all our children, the next generation.
Prince got it right.
Prince Made ‘Welcome 2 America’ in 2010. It Speaks to 2021. A full album has emerged from Prince’s vault that balances hard insights with visceral joys.
, July 29, 3032 | New York Times