Recently I wrote a blog on the great perspectives of big thinkers like Bill McDonough and Tony Michaels. But today, I want to talk about the kinds of perspectives we can gain from those individuals with a special gift for conveying and receiving emotional signals in unique ways that so often go unacknowledged. I’m talking about the ones I call “Earth Whisperers” – who deserve far more recognition and appreciation than we give them for their value to our planet and its preservation. An example that comes to mind is my brother John. He is the ultimate environmentalist, but he would never use that term to describe himself — in fact words are not his strong point. But he has a psychic ability to communicate with animals. He can merely look at them — even skunks — and they’re drawn to him. He seems able to connect to the Earth, and perhaps even to the cellular vibrations of other living creatures, in a manner that I am at a loss to explain.
The reason I have chosen to write this blog, in fact, is that it occurred to me that in discussing the unique perspectives one can pick up from unconventional thinkers like Bill and Tony, I had failed to mention the important role played by people such as John in opening our minds to new possibilities. They simply seem to be endowed with an intuitive identification and understanding that transcends the capabilities of both intellectuals and business people alike, no matter how smart the latter types may be considered. Then, too, these Earth Whisperers are not the sort of individuals who give a fig for such superficial concerns as business models, financial or political calculations, or where the global economy is headed. They’re rather tuned in to much deeper realities.
One of the things that has spurred me to talk about Earth Whisperers is the fact of my just having had a meeting with another person that seemed to fit the description — a ‘mad scientist’ type who hoped to use his unorthodox instincts and insights to benefit society, and needed someone to help in that effort. Unfortunately, he may have a hard time bringing that about, because in today’s world someone possessing the kind of sixth sense he appeared to possess about natural phenomena is not accorded the same respect as the calculating venture capitalist or chief financial officer. After that meeting, it struck me how Earth Whisperers among us are really the ones that we eco-minded business people should be embracing, protecting and funding. Maybe if we all made an attempt to better appreciate such individuals and the intuitions they have to teach us, our society might start to realize the significance of the world that exists beyond dollars, but not beyond sense.