At the time when Lindsay Baum went missing earlier this year, in June, I was actively researching about the Bohemian Grove. I have been interested in the Grove for a few years, and earlier this year I even had occasion to stop by for an uninvited visit (see photo). The Bohemian Grove is a place in Northern California (near the town of Monte Rio) where members of the Bohemian Club (of San Francisco) and their guests gather each year for a Summer Encampment marked with celebration and ceremony. Membership in the Bohemian Club, and attendance at Summer Encampment at the Bohemian Grove is limited to men: no women are allowed. The Grove has attracted attention throughout the years because of the prominence of its members and guests. Many extremely wealthy and powerful people have cheered each other on from the shores of its redwood forested Bechtel family donated artificial lake.
My intention here is to connect the problem of missing children and the policy of global dominance, with the Bohemian Grove, and the yearly cremation ceremony of the effigy of a child named Dull Care.
The Bohemian Club and its Grove are interesting in many ways. A thorough recollection of the organization is outside the scope of this article, but suffice it to say that many accounts exist, and there is much information that can be found in books and on the Internet. For the purposes of this article, I want to focus on a few aspects of the Summer Encampment at the Grove and those who attend.
Two parts of yearly activities at the Grove are of interest to me for the purpose of drawing this connection. One is the record of Grove attendees. Many past attendees are captains of powerful industries, or prominent politicians: many attendees have advocated, at various levels, on behalf of policies of global dominance. This applies both in terms of governmental policies, as well as business policies. The second aspect of the Grove Encampment which I intend to illuminate is the annual initiation ceremony, which is commonly referred to as The Cremation of Care. In the Cremation of Care, the effigy of a sacrificed child, dubbed "Dull Care," is ritually cremated.
I suggest that the mentality, policy, and related attitudes of Global Dominance are problematic. And also problematic are attitudes that views care as "dull."
The mentality and policy of global dominance is connected with a multitude of various economic and environmental injustices, harms, and abuses. In pursuit of global dominance, many businesses and business leaders have engaged in activities and behaviors which are exploitative of both the planet, and people. A policy and attitude of global dominance is fundamentally antithetical to a policy and attitude of care and concern for the well-being of others.
Through the pursuit of global dominance much suffering comes. As a consequences of global dominance, people are oppressed and impoverished. Social conditions result where crime and disease fester. Environmental conditions develop where species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate - and it's all due to human activities.
Lindsay Baum went missing about a month before the Bohos gathered for their Summer retreat extravaganza. What I'm not saying is that Lindsay was abducted in order to be sacrificed and cremated upon the altar of the Bohemian Grove (although that is a possibility - and there are rumors that real children have been sacrificed in the past for the ceremony.) What I am saying — the main point I am attempting to illustrate here — is how privilege, power, and wealth, combine with anti-human policies like global dominance to create the conditions where violence flourishes.
Violence flourishes at all levels, from families and homes, to neighborhoods, to communities, to our individual and collective relationships with the natural world, to policies and real-world relationships with nations around the world. Real world violence stems from policies which are essentially adversarial - which look at the planet and people as resources to be exploited. It is a problem when we look at each other and ask, "what can I get from this person," rather than looking at each other and thinking about how we can interact in a way that is respectful, honest and truthful, essentially just, and in accord with the principles of stewardship and leaving the planet in a better condition than we found it.
So I say; No to global dominance. No to missing children. No to the Cremation of "Dull Care."
Caring is a virtue. To care quite simply and plainly ought NOT to be thought of as onerous or burdensome.