One Finger Cannot Lift A Pebble

Thanks to a reader (Shirley), I happened to read a wonderful article written by Ernest Callenback, better know as author of Ecotopia.  He died at 83 on April 16th, 2012 – leaving behind a final unpublished document on his computer.

For those who have a spare 20 minutes today, have a read of his final document, “Epistle to the Ecotopians: Last Words to an America in Decline“.

I have never read any of his works, but now that I have a taste, I will be ducking down to the library to see if I can find some of his novels.  From what I have read on Amazon, they are right up my alley!

For those who only have a few minutes, here is the quote of the day;

“To my fellow swimmers there is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift, that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore, they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. Know that the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our heads above water . And I say see who is there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves, for the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt. The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves. Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. We are the ones we have been waiting for.” – Hopi wisdom prophesy

So rejoice, let go of the shore and see who is there with you! Remember that we are all in this together and that one finger cannot lift a pebble.



  1. says

    Gavin – i love Callenbach – he was so wise and had so much to teach. i think of him the way i think of Rudolph Steiner – great men who had much wisdom.

    we are enjoying a beautiful spring day here at the Manor, we are planting in the garden and getting ready to start building our hugelkultures. we came in for lunch and to take an “internet” break and this post really touched me – thank you for remembering such a great man. and as Calidore said – i’ll see you in the river!

  2. says

    Thank you for posting this Gavin. Fascinating and right on the money when it comes to describing our world. Will see you in the river sometime.

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