Nature responds by slowly moving us from winter drab to the colors of spring.
In the interest of enhancing the greenness and productivity of the land, we cover the earth with chemicals.We are assured this activity is helpful and the chemicals benign, but that may be only in the perspective of our very limited time horizon.
Spring rainstorms are vital to the greening. However the earth moves and the streams run dark.The losses we witness are a permanent depletion of our most precious natural resource.
The natural systems should be our sacred alter, not to be defiled under any circumstance.Frequently however, our everyday actions betray the sacredness of nature.These supposed sacred rights are largely a cultural interpretation of history and are likely to be of little or no significance when existence on the planet is threatened.
Native American groups that lived in harmony with the land for thousands of years saw the earth, the seasons, the sun and moon, and all of nature as the source of life.Mother Earth was sacred to them.Kent Nerburn in his book “Neither Wolf nor Dog” quotes a Native American elder “Your people did not know about the land being sacred.We did not know about land being property.We could not talk to each other because we did not understand each other.”
Our daily activities are directed toward continuing to do more of what we do like a cancer of the earth. As a cancer feeds on tissues to grow more cancer, we change the land surface, exploit the mineral resources, and plunder and despoil the ocean.This is all for the purpose of providing sustenance to the population so we can produce more people and more things.If the cycle continues, there can be only one outcome—the collapse of the natural systems as we know them.
We cannot return to the way things were. With 7.3 billion people on the earth, the demands for food and goods are too diverse and too numerous for us to ever again truly live in harmony with the natural systems.Our only hope is to begin to recognize the limitations we face and the resulting consequences if we continue on the path we are now following.
This can be done in many small and large ways.The most pressing need is to refocus our worship of fossil-derived energy and confront the life threatening ravages of global climate change.This should be our sacred mission.