They clamber in one after the other after the other; an endless line of wolves coming to join me for a chat. They seem old and tired as they slowly walk in grunting a hello and thanking me for listening to them as they go by. One wolf stands front and centre of the pack. He tells me he is the spokesman for the group.
I ask them how they're going, whether they have enough food, what the environment is like for them, etc.
Wolf: We will survive, we're survivors and will adjust. There is enough food, we just have to keep moving to find it. We will not die of hunger, it's the pollution that will kill us.
Me: What do you mean by pollution? Is there anything specific you're talking about here?
Wolf: The fall out mostly. The radiation fall out.
When I breath in, the air is noticeably warm and it's very heavy and thick. I see it is also very close to the earth. I am told the oxygen levels are decreasing and the nitrogen levels are increasing. Not enough to be measured, but enough to make a difference. I am shown global warming here. Actually I haven't seen that so specifically before, that was interesting.
The denseness of this layer looks as though it's holding the pollution and radiation within it and is being more readily breathed and absorbed into the wolf's body. The liver is being affected, they have headaches, the strength of their bones is lessening and the structure and density of their coats is changing (making the harshness of winter harder to manager). There is sadness and emotional neck and shoulder pain as more of their family members are dying. I am not shown fully, but I get a strong sense the deaths look to be quite traumatic. It's like their insides are getting sucked out; painful and haunting.
Me: Do you have a message for us humans?
Wolf: Humans are destructive, self serving and arrogant. A very unlikeable race. At the end of the day, we are now down to survival of the fittest and that includes humans.
Man refuse to work with anyone other than their own. They are capitalists, narcissists and savages; very unlikeable. (I'm hearing a lot of anger in his tone here.)
Me: There are some of us that love you, you know. And all your animal friends out there.
Wolf: Yes, but you are so few and far between you may as well not exist. Power is making people crazy. The smaller voice will never be heard.
Earth and Man is not a match!
The planet is so polluted. The air we breathe, the land we stand on, the oceans, the food we eat, the water we drink. Every single thing about this planet is sick. Including the attitude towards fixing it.
We will keep wandering and surviving. We don't feel good, we don't look good, but we will go on.
We don't have much time for man, but we feel sorry for you; your stupidity and naivety to "the way". (I was startled when I heard the words "the way". This is the meaning of the Tao.)
His final words...
It is people like you that try and do good, but it is pointless, you're wasting your time, you're too small.
The wolf is very practical and will press on with whatever their life becomes. I'm finding when talking to wild animals that they're very direct and their message is similar. They don't talk for long, they say what needs to be said and that's it. There is no trying to soften their words to make us feel better. It is a much different experience talking to wild animals than our domestic pets and I do enjoy these conversations. I do hope though, with continued awareness and conversation there will be a turnaround in how we are treating our planet.