I'm not a religious person but I am spiritual. I believe in God. I don't claim to know the exact nature of what God is or is not. I simply believe in a creative intelligence of some sort. I like the bible-or at least parts of it-but I don't set my watch and warrant by it. I believe in the Nazarene but I don't believe in sitting around and waiting for a savior to come make things right. That's our job. I don't know if Jesus was a son of deity. I don't care if he was or wasn't. He was a man who had some good ideas and people should use them instead of sitting around waiting for 'him' to return and make it all right. We are adults, we should act like it. Adults take care of things when they need taking care of.
Our leaders are not adults. This should be evident by taking a look at what's going on in the world. They are children, and like children, they are selfish, self-centered, immature. Unlike children though, they lack innocence. They know what they do and they know the consequences and they shift those consequences upon the most vulnerable members of humanity. The world, to them, is their playground and they have the same cruel playground rules as actual children in a schoolyard. In their erroneous way of leading, they have led the way in separating man from nature. As each day passes, we become further estranged from the ecosystem we exploit.
The mass of people are not blameless. We have followed the lead. We chose to embrace automobiles , washing machines, hair dryers, hair spray, plastic baggies, mass-production, disposable razors, disposable cameras, disposable phones. They produce and we buy.
We are not blameless. I guarantee you that when Henry Ford shot out the first automobiles and wealthy snots drove around in them, there was a prophet in every town in America who said, "Nothing good can come of this, you'll see. All of you will see." And what did people say to the old prophets? Probably something like, "Shut the **** up Grandpa, you don't know ****."
We need to start listening to the wise prophets of each age who warn us against the wrong ways and yet are scorned and called 'nay sayers' 'wet blankets' 'spoil sports' 'old fashioned and out of touch with the times'.
We need to listen to the wise, while the wise still exist, because they wont always be here-they are a dying race. We need to listen to them instead of the foolish, greedy children we accept as leaders and pillars of society.
While there is still a tiny scrap of hope of the average person having a voice that isn't silenced, we need to put the children into their rightful place and take up the mantle of being the responsible husbandmen and women of nature.
Make no mistake: Nature does not require the presence of humanity to go on existing. If we don't correct our ways, nature will correct us. If we have gone too far, that correction could involve permanent extinction or a lengthy setback. When nature sets us back, it's not to start over, it's to put us back into our rightful place. There we should stay and not aspire to rulership of all other life on earth.
Jesus, that Nazarene, or at least someone who wrote that part of the bible said, "He who would rule will be the servant of all." If we can't understand and accept that, then we have no place in this place we call Earth.
The world may not end, but our way of life is going to eventually go extinct, because it's based on finite resources (including our fresh air and water supply). Until we can figure out how to renew, dispose, and not rely on fossil fuels, things will eventually wind down--I don't see it as a sudden catacalysmic change necessarily, though. Market forces will shape things before we actually run out.
What's amazing to me is that we have lived in a world with nuclear weaponry held by many people for so many years, but there has not been full-scale nuclear war. This gives me some hope for humanity--for now.
Yep. Nature doesn't give two hoots in a holler for us. Brian's X from the other day had it right; we think of "destroying nature," but in fact, as a whole, nature would go on. Changed, sure, but not killed. We could, however, kill (or cripple for the short term) all the parts of nature WE need.
There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;
And frogs in the pools, singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white,
Robins will wear their feathery fire,
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;
And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.
Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;
And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.