“Instant Karma’s gonna get you,
Gonna knock you off your feet,
Better recognize your brothers,
Ev’ryone you meet,
Why in the world are we here,
Surely not to live in pain and fear,
Why on earth are you there,
When you’re ev’rywhere,
Come and get your share…”
-“Instant Karma,” John Lennon
Over thirty years on, Lennon’s witticisms and observations musically speak volumes of what we as a community (on micro and macro-scales) face environmentally and gastronomically. Unless we take into account the real costs of our conventionalized food production system, we will be knocked off our feet and face a world of pain & fear in a realm of food insecurity.
While laying out some of the final logistics for our Cadre’s debut Communal Meal & Movie Series tomorrow night (6 p.m. at the Jacobo Housing Complex) & determining best dates for the first planning meeting for our Sustainability Demonstration Center Steering Committee, though, it hit me. In spite of state political maneuvers to curtail environmental regulations & funding, and appointing a climate change denier to be Chair of the state’s Mineral & Natural Resources Board, grassroots goodness of sustainable sanity is taking shape.
Perhaps we’ll all shine on through the oncoming spring and beyond, like the moon and the stars of Lennon’s musings, and work proactively with instant karma rather than work against it.