The strategy needed now is one that protects the living systems of earth. Continuing through New Hampshire.
Natural Date 583
The winds have calmed here on the coast in New Hampshire and my thoughts are with those in Atlantic Canada now dealing with after effects of hurricane Fiona.
A friend drove up from Virginia to accompany me on this leg of my walk. I don’t know how long she will be here, but it’s wonderful to have her along! This means that for now, there will be no doubling back to get my van. Relief. This also means my journey will move a bit faster, so I am pondering ways to connect with people more effectively as we move through each town.
I’m also paying attention to geopolitical events and wondering how long it will be before We the People begin to understand what we’re actually dealing with. Our situation is far beyond politics, yet if you consume popular media, both mainstream and alternative, you would think politics is all that matters. Let me state very clearly that what we’re facing is worldwide destruction of life itself, both human and otherwise. The strategy needed at this time is the one that protects the living systems of earth — Natural Law, as I have laid it out in the Law of the Land Handbook. If you haven’t read it, do so now.
Natural Date: 579
Humans have an incredible tolerance for chaos. Or maybe it’s just that most people lack a capacity to see beyond their own little world, I don’t know. In 2013 when I started this mission, I assumed most people could see that the current system of government and finance operating across the world was corrupt beyond repair and needed to be replaced. I assumed that a majority of American adults would not tolerate government sponsored human trafficking or child sexual abuse. I felt certain that local communities would step up and clean out their corrupt court and law enforcement agencies. I felt that once a viable alternative was presented, people would embrace it and implement it en masse. And I did see movement in that direction, until the fall of 2016. That’s when it seems people thought a savior had been elected President of the United States.
It seems Americans started across the bridge toward major change, and then stopped half-way across. I get it. It’s tempting to accept “good enough” when the going gets tough. But we can’t afford to stop half-way. No political figure is going to force a transition to Natural Law — because the change that is required happens within each one of us.
I’m walking to raise awareness of Natural Law. If you haven’t read the Law of the Land Handbook, do so now.
I just walked across the Memorial Bridge from Kittery, Maine to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I plan to continue walking through New Hampshire after a detour inland for a bit. More on that later.
Natural Date: 578
I hesitate to write my thoughts as I passed the Keenebunk Baptist Church in Kennebunk, Maine, pictured here.
I hesitate because a central feature of colonial New England towns is the church, usually towering like this one. But here goes my bold statement: Imagination expressed through animism is the foundation of all religion, politics and government.
It’s time we come to grips with the fact that what we call government began as a way of pleasing animistic spirits and gods. The ancients believed spirits of inanimate objects and of the dead controlled human existance. Taxes were paid to these gods. Temples were where the gods received offerings and sacrifices (sometimes human), provided to keep them satisfied so the community would thrive. Priests managed the process. It looks slightly different today, but operates basically the same.
Religion and government were always one in the same, and still are. Just look at the preamble of all but a few State constitutions.
Here are a couple of videos you might find interesting:
Natural Date: 578
As I contemplate which direction to head upon leaving Maine (I know, the options are limited to West and Southwest, but still...) I find myself looking for routes through smaller towns rather than cities. I feel swallowed up in cities, as lovely as some of them are. And that would include Portalnd.
I’m contemplating a way to make my journey more meaningful and perhaps more structured as well. I’m not certain what that would look like, but I imagine it might involve finding a cluster of smaller towns and spending more time with the people rather than simply passing through. These are my meandering thoughts at the moment.
Natural Date: 577
I woke to the sound of boat whistles and seagulls, as is often the case here in Coastal Maine, to realize my time here is quickly coming to a close. My heart felt a little twinge. It’s not how I’d imagined it. I hadn’t figured I’d miss it much, nor that a large part of me wouldn’t want to leave. Yes, it’s the water, the boats the beautiful scenery, but it’s also the people. I’ve been many places where the people were as friendly as could be; but rarely have I been somewhere where they look you in the eye and smile when they greet a perfect stranger. This has been my experience all down the coast of Maine.
Natural Date: 576
I’m back in the saddle again, walking! Thank you to those who expressed concern over my well-being.
Natural Date: 573
As I rolled into my camping spot and prepared to walk Woldoboro, I suddenly wanted to lay down. So I did and fell fast asleep for about an hour. When I woke up I didn’t want to walk, I just wanted to keep sleeping. But I walked anyway...because I do love walking.
Woldoboro was very cool and pretty, but I didn’t feel exuberant as usual. A few hours after finishing my walk I developed body aches and thought I might have a fever. I felt confused about it. I didn’t understand how I could be coming down with a bug given that I spend so much time outdoors. And on top of that, I don’t remember the last time I caught any sort of bug because I usually don’t catch stuff like that.
Anyway, all that was about three days ago. I am now resing comfortably, self-quarantining in Max and believe any fever I may have had has broken. I will continue to take care of myself and do my best not to spread this around to anyone else.
I’ll keep y’all posted. Meanwhile, enjoy the vidoes...
Natural Date 570
As I crossed an intersection in Rockland, a white car stopped. The driver rolled down his window and called to me. He asked how he could learn more about a house he’d spotted on an island across the river. Of course, I told him I didn’t know because I, myself, was a visitor walking through Maine on my way across the country. As I spoke, I handed him my card. The first thing he said was, “Why do you have a Southern accent?”
I didn’t realize. I mean, usually I try to speak in a more formal tone when doing business, but sometimes when caught off guard, I suppose I do speak as I feel. “I don’t know,” I said.
“Well, where are you from?” he said.
“Virginia, just over the North Carolina line,” I said. That’s where the conversation became lively. He was from Virginia too, the more northward part.
He began peppering me with questions about Natural Law and I enjoyed answering them because he seemed excited. He wrote down my name and said he thought he may have heard of me from someone in Wisconsin.
Of course, during that conversation, the topic of John Locke, Emmerich Vattel and the Law of Nations came up and I explained that their version of natural law was actually natural law philosophy, aligned with the Vatican’s notion of natural law, and had little to do with protecting life; but rather, protecting the Empire. You see, it had always puzzled me why our American forefathers favored the federation over independent, sovereign nation states. The excuse that the states couldn’t defend themselves didn’t hold water unless we admit that the Americans didn’t actually win the Revolutionary War. And that’s where we are.
The COURT OF AGES Law of the Land Handbook completes what our forefathers started. They were fighting an out-of-control monster that had taken over the world. The United States federal government continued conquest and empire. As many are just now learning, the U.S. military is the enforcement arm for a worldwide banking cartel.
My conversation with the man in the white car ended on a lively note with him asking for my website, locating it on my card and waving goodbye. The encounter left me feeling encouraged and inspired.
I choose to think that the intention of our federalist forefathers was to fight empire with empire. Good idea or not, the Empire now operating through the United States must change course or self-destruct. And in my opinion, that’s where we are now. The alternative? Natural Law as codified in the COURT OF AGES Law of the Land Handbook.
As I continued through Rockland I had an idea. Maybe I should create a little presentation along these lines and share it with little groups of people along the way. I don’t know.
Natural Date: 567
I’m pausing at Camden. Why? Because heading south, this is where it all changes. It’s almost like a portal to another part of Maine...the more ‘citified’ Maine. People are still friendly, but much less apt to stop and chat. They’re used to tourists crowding the streets. And someone tromping through with a backpack is no unusual thing, because Route 1 passes the State Park then winds straight through down town.
It’s an awesome little town with 19th-century architecture and a harbor full of historic as well as modern sailing vessels. If you don’t mind crowds and have a few bucks to spend, I suppose it’s the place to be. But the shift is obvious — people looking down at the sidewalk, talking on cells phones, hurrying to wherever it is they want to be next. It’s good and fine if that’s your thing. For me though, well, it makes me want to pause and appreciate the Maine I just walked through.
Natural Date: 566
This may sound strange to anyone reading this blog, but I feel my walk through Maine is going so fast, almost too fast. I walk around 11 or 12 miles per day, doubling back for Max, my van, which means I advance 5 or 6 miles per day. It feels fast because when you’re walking, there’s so much to take in. I am fascinated nearly every moment. There is so much here — so much history, so much natural beauty in Maine.
I am considering taking more time. There really is no hurry.
I also find myself wondering if there is anyone in Maine who knows about the COURT OF AGES or the Law of the Land Handbook — and what would be a good way to bring people together.
This is not the sort of walk across America where the goal is not necessarily to arrive from point A to point B. It’s a new lifetyle, for now, where walking allows time and space to meet the ground and the sky, and the people who dwell in between; and through the process, introduce America to Natural Law.