Eco-communities as a social vision

Eco-communities as a social vision
Egalitarian and ecological communities, like the pictured East Wind (, are very close to our vision of an ecological society

03 October, 2008

Album: “The bees made honey in the lion's skull” by Earth (2008)

The whole album and consequently the homonymous song are instrumental tracks. But both cover beautiful artwork and album title strike us to give them naturalistic interpretation.

First of all, it is obvious that both (cover and title) refer to the Biblic myth of Samson, an extremely strong (and quite goofy, we add) hero, like our Greek Hercules, and his encounter with an aggressive lion. We read in wikipedia about this story:

On the way to ask for the woman's hand in marriage, Samson is attacked by a lion and simply grabs it and rips it apart, as the Spirit of God moves upon him, divinely empowering him. This so profoundly affects Samson that he just keeps it to himself as a secret. He continues on to the Philistine's house, winning her hand in marriage. On his way to the wedding, Samson notices that bees have nested in the carcass of the lion and have made honey. He eats a handful of the honey and gives some to his parents…
Then, in the wedding feast he bet a riddle to be solved:
"Out of the eater, something to eat; out of the strong, something sweet." which is a veiled account of his second encounter with the lion (at which only he was present)
and consequently no one of the Philistine participants could tell the meaning. Then, in brief, all become raged, wedding was broken, Samson got pissed off, caught 300 foxes, tied burning torches on their tails and released them towards Philistines’ fields to be completely burned….

OK, extreme violence (notice that all these are God’s Will for sure!!!!) narrated in a quite “artistic” way. We prefer to isolate the story of lion’s death and Samson’s riddle and interprete them in a more naturalistic way by putting them in the natural circle of life and death, where death becomes a new start or use for other forms of life to appear and develop, in an endless recycle where nothing is lost and nothing becomes waste. Also, time and nature heals and even a war machine or a battlefield (lion and its deadly struggle with Samson as metaphors) once spread terror and death, many years later both are bustling with plant and animal life.

You can hear three songs from this album in youtube:
The driver
Engine of ruin
Miami Morning Coming Down II (Shine)

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