The origins of the antiquated art of fermenting honey are lost in deep time. Where the first batch made it’s appearance, reported to be between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago, is a mystery buried in eons. Little chance exists that it will ever again be part of our living knowledge.
What remains to us, the process and practice of it’s making, forms a more direct connection to our history than any found among ancient texts. Consider that a brewer today may mistakenly ruin a batch in precisely the manner of a batch ruined 400 centuries ago. Difficult as it is for each to conceive the other’s existence, they are bound together by unbroken tradition.
With a history that can be measured in geologic time, it is right too that mead should derive from honey, the only food uncorrupted by passing years.
May Mabon bless the mead-makers of every age in turn, until the Cosmic day draws finally to it’s close.
I’d like to take a moment
and acknowledge the enormous success
achieved by those magnates of
modern industrial society.
The battle was by no means an easy one
opposed by truth at every turn
motivated by nothing more
than the desire for financial gain
What stunningly ingenious fabrications
cut from whole cloth
how reasonable their presentation
made them appear
Integrity, morality, ethics
on a golden altar
in the name of wealth
What glittering wonders
sold at exorbitant prices
you can afford to buy!
Still, with overflowing billfold
what coinage is required
for the washing away of stain
from a corrupt heart?
Observing our society,
I find much that isn’t clear to me.
We opine ourselves rugged individualists,
while berating anyone who doesn’t look, act, or dress like us.
Is this cognitive contradiction,
what we get when television makes our decisions?
Elected officials use this medium.
Trumpeting the urgent need for regulation,
from which they exempt themselves.
Everyone gets a public school education,
where students are free to choose an approved destination.
Conformity is the lauded goal,
learn what to think, not how to do so.
Rugged individualists you claim?
Explain, please, why they are exactly the same.