I just read an awesome book by Linda Kohanov called The Tao of Equus. It’s not a new title.
In fact, I found it in my mother’s library upon her death, and only recently found the time and focus to begin reading it.
Even if you aren’t interested in horses per se, get yourself a copy of this book. It will speak volumes to you if you care about wildlife, how we relate to our pets, or how we lost our gentle balance with the planet.
In it, she not only discusses the true nature of animal life (we are really all so very similar, from microbes to rats to horses to humans, all just variations on an awesomely complex and deep theme), but she reveals a possible path for healing our society by returning to a more intuitive, wide-seeing and more naturally meditative and honest state.
Click on this link for a review which gives a nice summary of the heart of this book.
Healing humanity seems to be the key.
Healthy, balanced humans don’t engage in coyote-killing contests, massacre of the last of a species for a few ounces of ‘quack-medicine’ horn, or blow the tops off living, forested mountains, to extract a few days worth of dirty coal.
Healthy humans also experience less conflict with other species and with each other.
Healthy humans are content, fulfilled and happy, without the need to conquer and control, or accumulate/hoard material things (and without the accompanying stress of trying to hang on to all that.)
Why am I offering these observations in this discussion on our fight to save species?
Let’s be honest. Nothing else is working. It seems none of the petition signing,voting, letter writing, campaigning, Facebook groups or rallies is having much of an effect on the state of the world or the rampant corruption eating away at the planet’s biological diversity. At least, it’s not enough. Sometimes it seems the harder we fight, the worse it gets.We’re not doing a very good job saving rhinos, or elephants, or wolves or even shelter dogs, for that matter.
Maybe it’s worth trying a different tact, a return to a different mode; One in which people and the Earth thrived before the materialistic, competitive and insular defensiveness that accompanied the rise of ‘settled’ life, which in turn created our current high-stress, uneasy and unhealthy lifestyles.
This isn’t a review, per se. Yet I want to get everyone reading this book.
Filled with real-life accounts, fascinating multi-disciplinary and historical research, charming stories and (even now) surprising discoveries, Linda Kohanov’s book stirred my heart and excited my soul, showing a possible different, lighter, deeper. more interconnected path into the future.
Each of her subsequent books has just as much to offer, just as many discoveries and ‘ah ha’ moments. They could be read in any order. But, start at the first, The Tao of Equus, and build from there.
It’s worth a look for horse lovers, of course, but also for those of us struggling to save our planet, and our glorious biodiversity, particularly our severely imperiled mega fauna.
It’s worth a try.