I have been thinking a lot lately about the move from the city to the country, as most of us do who follow this path. For me, I feel completely drained living in the city. I have lost any vitality and crave for something quieter, cleaner and with fewer people. The truth is, the cities preserve the integrity of our world – they save the planet and the fragile ecosystem from extinction.
Now hear me out, there are some very valid points to this. During a discussion with another who follows the path, he put forward a good argument that I would like to share with you.
The benefit of nature is that it recharges us, makes us whole again so that we can go on living in the city. However, it has been shown statistically that the cities with their skyscrapers and their malls are in fact better for the environment. When you live in a large city, the inhabitants generally walk, take a cab, the subway or drive short distances in order to go about their business. On top of that cities tend to take up a smaller space than suburban sprawl. In the suburbs, properties are built on large blocks, have multiple garage spaces and wide streets. These facilities are putting a large strain on the ecosystem and the suburbs infringe on the country. Therefore, it stands to reason that cities being compact put less strain on the natural ecosystems.
As I mentioned above, I feel as though the city sucks the life from me and as my fellow heathen quite rightly pointed out it is “because humanity at its current state is a plague. We live in a capitalistic driven world, with emphasis on “capital”.” He sees “prosperity on an emotional and mental level in that when you reside in cities, you are surrounded by a busy, loud life with a lot of bad people, but also a lot of good people. People who tend to love the city often are the ones who are able to focus less on the busy pursuit of money and just sit back and enjoy what the city has to offer”.
It is our heathen belief that nature is incorruptible. Either it thrives or it is destroyed. Nature in itself is pure, clean and giving. It is a place we go to cleanse ourselves of the diseases of the city. Sadly, humanity is oblivious to the destruction it is causing in the name of progress. What we rely on to heal us is dying.
As a heathen following the Northern Ways, death from life from death is part of our belief system. From Ginnungagap comes Midgard and at Ragnarok comes Ginnungagap once again. Just as the seasons turn, so too does humanity’s hold on the planet.
As a part of the Awakening, our role is to find a way to stop this destruction of nature and to learn to live within its boundaries in order for it to flourish again. We need to learn to live side by side with nature and to understand our role as guardians of the planet.
As long as humanity continues the way it is, we will never save ourselves. In an ideal world, if we were to live together in small communities who understood and lived by the guidelines given to us by the Gods, there is a small chance that we could save the planet – to avoid Ragnarok. As heathens, we need to be strong and lead by example. We need to try to educate those around us so that, when needs be, we can rebuild and begin again.