Coming to Terms with Wildness
The culture at large has wreaked havoc on the earth (and the stability of the human system) at every scale. This is not something to discuss with numbers. It is not a series of facts and statistics. It is not a “problem” in need of a “solution.”
This is a moment of coming to terms with the reality of where we are, how we got here, and where we are going.
This project aims to address the deeper roots of the cultural and ecological crises of our time, and to explore a form of language which integrates the poetic with the rational, the strategic with the emotional.
In order to truly respond to the magnitude of this moment, we must “uncenter our minds from ourselves” in the words of the poet Robinson Jeffers, and to learn to see the world not as a collection of “objects” worthy of exploitation, but as a living breathing mystery which calls us into conversation and relationship.
About Alec Loorz
I am a 24-year-old writer, musician, filmmaker, activist, and spiritual ecologist based in Olympia, WA.
My work began early (at age 12) with the founding of a non-profit focused on youth engagement and climate change action. Throughout my teens I spoke on stage to hundreds of thousands of people, organized events, and became known as one of the leading young voices on climate.
At age 18 I stepped away from this life due to the weight of the crisis and the burnout after years of traveling and speaking and working. After attending university for two years, I embarked on a process of wandering, learning, and coming to terms with what the world is about, and my place in it all.
For the past year, this process has deepened into an immersive apprenticeship with the living landscape. Through repeated visits with particular places, I’ve begun to form relationships with their wild elements (and the wildness within myself). The practice explores a mode of perception which sees everything as alive (in its own way) and is able to shift focus between the vastness of clouds and the smallest details without losing sight of the whole picture.
After considerable time in this space of exploring, learning, questioning, paying attention, and gathering stories, I now feel ready to begin sharing these stories (and this emergent perspective). Through this project, my hope is to revive the spark of wildness within myself and others, and to express an authentic story of place that is collective and ecological as well as personal and emotional.
About Circle of Fire
Circle of Fire is an emerging project focused on bringing together integrative conversations. In this time of disconnection and fragmentation, our collective response must be to come together and to learn to think and act on behalf of the whole. This requires us to enter into shared space, to listen, to be open, and to express our stories authentically in a way that resonates with others from different perspectives.
My creative process described above is the first step in a longterm project of network-building and co-creative action. Circle of Fire will hold space for dialogues between diverse constituencies, beginning with local and regional scales and eventually taking on national and international form.
We will gather to come to terms with each other and with the living land. Through conversations which dig into the depths of where we are and how we got here, we will emerge with a unified sense of our collective story. This in turn becomes an integrative strategy for action.
Earth is calling us to take a step back and see the bigger picture. This involves learning to see others (human or not) each as their own subject worthy of attentive listening. Then the work of collaboration becomes an organically flowing process, and we move forward as a collective that is both unified and uniquely diverse.
This is the task of our time. I believe we are ready.