I had long known that the ideology of the individualistic separate self was a delusion and in fact societal suicide, but in Pando we have a living organism to show us our alternative to a separateness which is not sustainable.
The Pando clone embodies linkages along many vectors: roots to stems, soil to plants, birds to boles, life to death to rebirth. Our social community and the ideas spurred from within that gathering linked previously disparate entities, too.
The “eternal rest” of which some speak would, I suspect, be hard for Vern to take.
My mission in life is to nourish and support organizations and communities that are
change-makers in the world and Pando is a perfect match.
Pando is all about community and connection — connection to each other, connection to the Earth, connection between all living creatures — with a focus on the magical role trees play in our lives.
My expectation and intention is that in this odyssey, new epiphanies will take place and that the relationships developed on the journey will bear fruit in surprising ways.
Imagine if the Pando forest becomes a place of inspiration, education, action?
“I’ve spent the past several years looking intensely at the Pando clone, trying to understand the situation, and bring people of differing backgrounds together to help this iconic forest through a difficult time. I call it Pando triage.”
It’s a unique opportunity to engage directly with a busload of diverse, creative, interesting and motivated people to actually make a dent in the universe.
Plus, it’ll be a blast.
I am a theist, and with many, I feel God’s presence most strongly in the midst of natural, and especially living, things. Pando is an extraordinarily interesting living thing, and I expect it to induce a deep sense of sacred presence.