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:
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.