We Are The Ones

The excerpt below is taken from the website of the relocalization organisation, I have neither added nor changed it…

It is beautiful and so very clear…


Community Works
A Hopi Elder Speaks

“You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered . . .

Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.”

Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, “This could be a good time!”

“There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are torn apart and will suffer greatly.

“Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above water. And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, Least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

“The time for the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

– attributed to an unnamed Hopi elder

Hopi Nation
Oraibi, Arizona

The Relocalization Network is an Initiative of Post Carbon Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization incorporated in the United States with groups all around the world sharing wisdom hopes, fears, futures…


Where we live is considered by some city dwellers to be isolated and remote but it doesn’t feel this way to us and our nearest town is within easy reach by car, about twenty minutes if we don’t stop for a chat with neighbours met on the road.

If we were riding horses, or relying on bicycles or even a donkey/horse and cart as was the case just one or two generations ago then it would very quickly seem different for us.

However I know from talking to the older people who still live near here or those who are sometimes driven up here by family on a sunday outing to reminisce about the old times that it did not seem so isolated or remote to them.

I have spoken with a man who used to work as a telegraph boy over fifty years ago, he had very fond memories of the long cycle up here to deliver news because the family used to give him a lovely cup of tea and biscuits, common enough now but the biscuits were a very rare treat in his youth and of course the road home to town was mostly downhill.

What would happen if (when) fuel were to became so expensive that we had to ration our use of it? This is not as ridiculous as it might have seemed some 20 years ago when we first watched the movies Mad Max and later on Waterworld 🙂

Isn’t it odd that those films seemed like such far-fetched fiction and now do not seem so outrageous.

Of course we now have alternative technologies such as electric vehicles but they are not in common use – why?

It’s obvious that peak oil has passed, I think that there are no rational thinking people who deny this any longer. We rely on oil for far more than just transport so why have we not started to replace it’s use where we can?