Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

It is finished

“When the last living thing
Has died on account of us,
How poetical it would be
If Earth could say,
In a voice floating up
From the floor
Of the Grand Canyon,
"It is done."
People did not like it here.”
 Kurt Vonnegut

Our capacity for destruction

It is as if we humans are the hit and run drivers of the universe
In our determination to amass wealth
And dominate

We will do most anything
No matter what the impact is on other people
No matter what devastation it creates for animals
Not matter how destructive it is to this planet we call home

You might simply think it is a matter of being shortsighted
People are so fixated on what WE want that we don’t think of others
They are so obsessed with accumulation and winning
That they don’t think about the big picture

About the fact that fracking is cracking the earth
And dirtying the water
About the fact that this fouled water
Is lost to human use

And humans need water to thrive

They don’t think about the fact that
Because they refuse to accept lower profits
The weather is turning chaotic
Destroying lives and businesses alike

I keep thinking of those people I know who are addicted
They will do anything for their drug of choice
They will destroy their bodies
Abandon their relationships

They will lose everything

All for that one thing

For far too many
For far too many people in positions of authority
For far too many people who have the ability to dominate and coerce, and control

The drug of choice is money
With a chaser of power

This in spite of the teachings of people like the Buddha,
And Jesus

This in spite of the many warnings
“Love of money is the root of evil”

And this addiction
Is killing us
And the more addicted our leaders are
Our political leaders
And our religious leaders

The more the lead us into the desert
The more they lead us into the dark consequences of this addiction

And make no mistake
Unless we let go of this addiction

And start to care about the earth
And care about the people
All people

The earth will die
On account of us

We will have squandered the original blessing
We will have violated our role as stewards

Sure I know the language about a “new heaven”
And a “new earth”
Sacred is all about newness

But there are far too many passages that hold us accountable
And suggest that God may well us people
To drag this newsness into being

To suggest we just let the earth crumble because God is going to “fix it”
Makes about as much since as allowing children to die from gun violence
Because we think they will
“go to heaven” when they are blown apart by bullets

Personally I do not like to see creation suffer
Or people suffer
Personally I think it is my job
To work with God to usher in
God’s new thing

And so I believe it is time
Time to quit putting money and power
Over the planet
And over the people

It is time to deny the essential selfishness that grabs us
That selfishness our leaders encourage,

And say with the Psalmist (24)

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;”

and live accordingly

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