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Here & Now #64

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Here & Now 64 picS Sorrensen

My place. Wednesday, 9.10am

I live on a community.

I hope it doesn’t get invaded. I hope it is never unlucky enough to have a resource under its fertile soil (like CSG). Or some religious nut with a book and corporate backing doesn’t decide that this land is his, given to him by God. I’ve always maintained that the safest place to be is on land that no-one wants, with people no-one cares about.

My community is not far from Nimbin.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking; you’re thinking I’m a dope-smoking tree hugger.


I love marijuana. It is an amazing plant. It is the burning bush that Moses found on top of Mount Sinai while he was leading his people out of Egypt. He inhaled and talked to God. Who hasn’t done that? He also lost all sense of direction and time, causing him to spend 40 years lost in a desert a Hi-Lux can cross in three hours.

Confused, he eventually stumbled into Palestine and called it home sweet home. Except the Canaanites were living there. Now that was a problem. Moses didn’t like sharing.

Unfortunately, Moses didn’t think to bring some burning bush with him from the mountain. A bit of bush at a time like that may have mitigated the inherent brutality that religious types display when others do not conform to their book. A bit of plant-based insight may have instilled in Moses a smoky compassion rather than a lethal viciousness. It may have shifted his hunger from death to chickpea.

Yeah, Moses should have brought some burning bush with him. He could have – cannabis wasn’t illegal then. This was well before pharmaceutical companies were spawned from the swollen corporate belly. People hadn’t considered the possibilty of plants being illegal. Plants were considered an example of God’s divine handiwork; they were considered natural, and valuable. Some were even useful.

Straight, footsore and angry at themselves for leaving the stash behind, Moses and his crew claimed the land of Canaan (or Palestine) as their own and slaughtered its inhabitants, including the children.

Maybe a joint would have helped the situation. It would certainly have done less harm than those white phosphorus bombs erupting in Gaza to the cheers of Israelis, beers in hand, watching from the relative safety of their wealth.

Instead of burning the skin off children, maybe the Palestinians and the Israelis could share a joint, realise that they both share the same God, both are destroying the land they profess to love, and, hell, ain’t hummus yummy?

So yes, I do love marijuana. But I don’t smoke it; I wear it.

So, I’m a dope-wearing tree hugger.

I’m not into God. I was raised a Christian. I read the book. I felt the horror.

Christian, Jewish, Muslim – all the same God, all the same violence towards children.

I like trees. You can safely hug a tree (and they don’t take advantage). A tree will not demand you kill for it. A tree accepts other trees. A tree is perfect for a child’s swing.

Yes, I’m a dope-wearing tree hugger.

On my community we care about the future. We care about the children; about what sort of world they will inherit.

I look in horror at what is done to children in the name of religion and I say…

Chuck the book. Have a joint. Hug a tree. Look after the kids.


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  1. Thankyou S Sorrensen keep on caring and sharing your wisdom. I am passing this onto my children as a great lesson on religions!

  2. My kids love cartoons, it’s the only TV we look at.
    I love a character called Soren Lorensen who is Lola’s imaginary friend. I live a few hills away from you and enjoyed that more than anything I’ve read in a long time. So true.vI like to imagine more people like you. Peace.

  3. No offense to the writer or the commentators but there seems to be some misunderstanding as to what it means to be religious. Take me for example. I became “religious” nine years ago when as an enthusiastic atheist I discovered, on doing a bit of study, that the best explanation I could come up with for the existence of this universe and for things being alive and having conscious awareness, was the unending existence of a source of life and consciousness, that was capable of transcending the boundary of the non-material and the physical, and which had the ability to define into existence, for want of a better description, something like this material-physical world.

    If you read an author like C.S.Lewis who knows a bit about the origin of language, you’ll see that the word religion came into existence to try to capture the so-far unexplained human feeling of dread, or, if you like, awe, that has been reported on since the beginning of human history as the usual response to what has been called the numinous – something that later became popularly referred to as God.

    In other words to be religious means to, as I do, allow for the likelihood of the existence of an eternal, transcendent, living being as the source of all there is in our material-physical realm, as distinct from the alternative proposed by atheists, which is that the universe produced itself at some point in – well, not time, because time and space also began with the universe. Probably the best way to put it is that under atheism there is, and has only ever been, the one sphere of existence, the material-physical, and it spontaneously came into being at the beginning of time. Not out of a pre-existing non-physical sphere such as theism proposes, but out of, well, nothing.

    That’s as well as I can describe it, and I apologise to any atheists reading this if I’ve misrepresented their beliefs. I am aware of the multiverse hypothesis, but space, having come into being 14 billion years ago, is limited here so I’ll leave it at that.

    Some religionists are paedophiles, and land-grabbers, and mass-murderers, it’s true. Those that are haven’t really thought their philosophical position through.
    Some atheists also are paedophiles, and land-grabbers, and mass-murderers, I think it’s safe to say.
    If I was going to mount a case against atheism I wouldn’t be mentioning that fact because I don’t see how it adds anything to the general understanding of the subject.

    ‘hope I haven’t offended anyone, apologies if I have.

  4. Ok Tony Cook. We will take that as a statement.
    Not meaning to offend you mate but I doubt the writer or commentators take a fundamentalist atheist position. S elequently points out the demonstrably unenlightened stories of Old Testament genocidal psychopathy.
    My apologies to S or any commentator if identifying as fundamentally atheist


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