Today was Earth Day. Most pagan bloggers got up really early to wax all righteous about how Earth Day has become a pseudo pagan holiday. Because, you know, 8 sabbats a year just isn't enough. Started in 1970, the movement has become an excuse for every star in Hollywood to go green - if only for 24 hours.
Here's my beef: for the few hours that make up the broadcasting day on April 22nd each year, everybody is hypercharged about recycling, saving some whales, giving to poor kids, etc. Then, like the love we think we feel on Valentine's Day or the instantaneous blank slate we give to loved ones coming off planes after being absent for long periods of time, it fades. Fast. We buy biodegradable underwear and eat only organic, grass fed, free range, free roaming rabbit food that harms nothing and nobody - for one day.
There's nothing wrong with raising awareness for a righteous cause, and saving our planet is potentially the most righteous of all causes, but I just can't get behind this overly commercial...event, for lack of a better term. Is there something wrong with hokey, Hallmark-style holidays such as this? Probably not. But I'm unsure why pagans feel so closely tied with Earth day.
I get that we're all supposed to be tree-hugging eco-Nazis, but to claim this day as ours...hmm... Something feels false about this, too.
My question to you: Are we pressured by others in the pagan community to feel celebratory about Earth Day, because of the ideas that we find the divine in the natural world? Are we allowed to just treat this day as any other? Is Earth Day too commercial, yet? What are YOUR thoughts on Earth Day?
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Love and Lyte,