What is the Herbal Revolution?

Posted on March 1st, 2012 to Blog

I actually took this photo myself, in front of the church my best friend got married in. On the island of Oahu. His grandfather used to be the kahu, or preacher at this church.

So much talk about revolution these days, why another one you ask? The herbal revolution has been an idea that has been kicking around my brain for maybe a year or so now. I have been contemplating this idea and refining it in my mind and finally I felt the need to put it into words. So what is the herbal revolution?
Now to understand the herbal revolution you have to have at least a basic understanding of where the author is coming from. I prefer not to get into politcal battles but I definitely consider myself a student of politics. Let’s just start with the very basic understanding and irrefutable fact that the Earth is everything to us. Not just us humans, but us as in the whole lot of creatures that exist because of this planet. So a lot of these writings will have environmental undertones, but don’t let that discourage you.
So premise 1, the planet is essential for everything. Therefore it stands to reason that we ought to preserve, conserve, restore and defend the planet at all costs. There are politicians (here we go) that have been trying to use the environmental movement to achieve their own goals which we can discuss later, but that doesn’t change the very simple fact that we need to take care of this place.
Premise 2 would have to be that we are not doing a great job of taking care of the Earth. I don’t think anyone can deny that. The state of our own health is a reflection of the poor job we are doing. But I am not going into a ‘global warming’ speech about how you  should stop driving your car. I drive a car. In fact, I just bought a brand new car. I think that as long as they keep building thousands of nuclear weapons around the world, that you and I ought to be able to drive. The waste from nuclear power plants and nuclear bombs and chemical companies is a little more of a problem than my 4-cylinder, wouldn’t you agree?
But that is not to say that the cars we drive and the computers we use in this information age of technology are not a contributing factor to pollution, and thereby a contributing factor to declining human health (see where I’m headed yet?). The plastic keys you and I type on every day surely contain a great number of harmful chemicals. Just like the batteries in our cell phones and so forth. Eventually these batteries will be useless and we’ll have to dump them in a land fill so they can eventually leak through the liner and contaminate the groundwater of a nearby town. And then they wonder why the cancer level is up.
So, my friends, the herbal revolution is the idea that we can solve ALL of our problems on this earth, with the simple application of nature and her infinite wonders. As hippie as an idea as that might sound, there is a great deal of encouraging research that demonstrates just that. Biomimicry, as they have come to call it, is the study of nature’s efficicent systems and how we can properly incorporate them into our civilization. But I am not simply talking about applying the inherent wisdom of nature into our human structures, I am also advocating for a return to nature. A physical and spiritual return to nature. An absolutely essential return to nature in my opinion. After all human beings are part of nature and to ignore that is just folly.
The herbal part of this herbal revolution is the widespread realization of the power of not just medicinal plants, but all plants. Many plants are multi-use; their benefits ranging from food and medicine to shelter, textiles, industry and so forth. Some of the more educated readers already know that one of the most multi-use plants is cannabis, and yet it is illegal nearly everywhere around the world. I will bring this issue up again for a closer look, but for the time being, suffice it to say that a key component of the herbal revolution and the salvation of our species is the legalization not just of marijuana, but of all plants. It is important to note, that plants are incredibly powerful beings (yes beings) and to treat them with disrespect is foolish. Just like us, they all have a purpose.
As I’m sure most of you know we are entering a very critical time in the history of our species. I believe that it is absolutely necessary to nourish the innate connection we have with the plants if we wish to grow and mature as a species. In this blog, I hope to address many of the issues mentioned as well as others that are related.
Last of all, please read and feel free to reach out and connect. That’s the point of all this isn’t it?

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