Dedication: “Environmental Responsibility,” Seventh Chakra: Enlightenment, Color: Violet, Musical Note: B
John Muir, perhaps above all others of his day, understood the spiritual healing power of wild places and the importance of preserving the sacred lands, when he said, “The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual. God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.”
His awareness was that every tree, rock, stream, and mountain is indeed, alive; and that Nature, in its wild, undeveloped state, was perfect in a way that no human could ever improve upon. To preserve places where people can go to exist in the middle of perfection feeds the spirit and calms the mind in a way that no man-made environment ever can. Indeed, the path to enlightenment is any path that leads to a pristine place in Nature. Being responsible to the environment is how we can all be responsible to each other for the environment does not begin twenty miles from town. It begins at the end of your nose.
A lone Bison adorns the front of this bill as an original, lasting, redemptive symbol of America. Driven nearly to extinction the bison serves to remind us that even when the end seems near, if enough conscious individuals remain, much healing can take place, terrible wrongs can be righted, and much harm can be undone. By rejecting all that is not life affirming, and by simply embracing renewable resources, sustainable technologies, social justice, spiritual awareness, and environmental responsibility do we achieve the higher ideal to which we all aspire, the garden of heaven, here on the Earth.