Patience Kamau’s passion is for the earth’s “wild” creatures. She is a peacebuilder-conservationist who at heart, sees her role as a conciliatory one between humans and our global environment’s complex ecosystems. Along with others who feel and think similarly, she seeks to continually step into the flashpoint and convince fellow humans that, though we now contextually exist in a free market economic system based on exultations of short-term growth and endless profits, a blind pursuit of interest maximization with little thought to environmental impact only serves to undermine our species’ long-term survival.
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’ doesn’t make any sense.”
What if “the field” is compassion?
That when we lie in it, we see pieces of ourselves in each other
so that my understanding of “I” ceases to be,
as it merges with your diminishing sense of “I”?
What if “the field isn’t about who wins the argument,
but rather about a struggle to maintaining the capacity to see humanity,
dignity and worthiness in the other?