Rewilding

Burt Kempner

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“I grieve to think of a world where the tiger’s tread is felt no more, where the elephant’s trumpeting is only a faint echo. The wholesale loss of wildlife doesn’t mean fewer National Geographic specials. It will further fray the slender lifeline that tethers us to our spiritual home.” — Burt Kempner

Pinhead Angel 

By Burt Kempner

Fierce when necessary

Fierce when necessary.

Burt Kempner

GAINESVILLE Florida—(Weekly Hubris)—February 2019—I often ask people to name the most ancient language. The usual responses are Sanskrit, Egyptian or Babylonian. But they’re all wrong. The original language is far, far older than that. It is Nature. Our ancestors spoke it fluently. The rustling of wind through the trees was their newspaper. Birdsong was their entertainment and the movements of animals alerted them to possible dangers. Perhaps they were even able to communicate with the creatures of land, air, and sea.

But we’ve long forgotten that language and the sacred connections among all beings, and we feel the pain of that loss like amputees do a phantom limb. We will never be fully complete unless we rewild ourselves.

I grieve to think of a world where the tiger’s tread is felt no more, where the elephant’s trumpeting is only a faint echo. The wholesale loss of wildlife doesn’t mean fewer National Geographic specials. It will further fray the slender lifeline that tethers us to our spiritual home.   

I am committed to helping our children understand the beauty and grandeur of the natural world. If they are not brought up with a deep love of Nature, why would they feel compelled to fight for it as adults?

Like the fictional tigers I created for a children’s book, we have to stand our ground no matter what the odds. We have to serve, we have save and, yes, we must be fierce when necessary.

Burt Kempner

About Burt Kempner

Burt Kempner has worked as a scriptwriter in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Florida. His work has won numerous major awards, and has been seen by groups ranging in size from a national television audience in the United States to a half-dozen Maori chieftains in New Zealand. His documentaries have appeared on PBS, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, CNBC, and European and Asian TV networks. He has two dogs, a cat, a wife and a son and is randomly kind to them all. More recently, Kempner has written three rather subversive books for children: Larry the Lazy Blue Whale, Monty the Movie Star Moose and The Five Fierce Tigers of Rosa Martinez. Visit his Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/burtkempner
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2 Responses to Rewilding

  1. Avatar Catharina Van Leeuwe says:

    ​I grieve with you dear Burt and I want to thank you for this beautiful & heartfelt outcry.
    But if, if there was an even older language than nature? The Language of Love, that spirals through all the five Kingdoms of Nature? There are in fact seven of them but the two highest up are at this moment in time to much for us to fathom. It is because of this eternal LOVE (or AGAPE) that the Kingdoms came into being at all.

    My plea actually comes down to the hope that humanity will foster a return to that higher love – agape – in daily practise for the nourishment and restoration of the universe in its entirety! All is connected….
    Love, Cath

  2. Avatar Burt Kempner says:

    I totally agree, Cath. When I’m referring to Nature I don’t just mean bunny rabbits and redwood trees, but the Laws of the Universe itself, which, to me, are shot through with love.

    Great to hear from you!

    Love,
    Burt

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