Comrades! Today is the most important day of the year, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday! On 7 February 1867, She came into this world at the Holy City of Pepin, Wisconsin, and for the next 90 years and 3 days She observed the world to prepare the way for our movement.
People often ask me, since I believe that Laura Ingalls Wilder is God, do I want the world to become once again like it was in the time She wrote about in Her Books? The answer is no. At the end of Little House in the Big Woods, She wrote: “Now is now. It can never be a long time ago.” Additionally, though I don’t have the exact quote available, She once said that Her Books were not meant to promote nostalgia for the old days but to remind people to be grateful that they live in modern times. This especially makes sense since She started writing during the Great Depression. The point was that no matter how poor people were due to the Depression, they were better off in the 1930s than in the 1870s and 1880s. At least by the Roosevelt era, they had cars, electricity, telephones, radio, and other modern conveniences of progress. When you consider the 90 years and 3 days of Laura’s life on earth, Her return to heaven was from a much better earth than the one She entered in 1867.
Lauraism is a religion of piece and progress, not an attempt to recreate the Reconstuction period immediately after the American Civil War. The Lauraist religion looks to a glorious future, not an artificially glorified past. To (slightly mis-) quote another great thinker, John Lennon, “We hope some day you will join us, and the world will be as one…. Imagine no emotions, I wonder if you can….”
Happy Laura’s Birthday!