It seems that much of this dialog makes the average person and myself uncomfortable and I feel it in your presence all too often. Those that know me should also know that these are not new thoughts and feelings for me. They are some of the underlining conflicts (reference past and future blogs) I experience as I try to carve out a life in an areana that often contradicts my morals. I dont watch TV, take very little if any medication, recycle/compost just about everything I’m able to, rarely will be seen drinking from plastic/styrofoam(doesn’t that melt with a hot beverage?) and this is the first year we’ve run our AC more then 3 days just to name a few.
This heightened awareness (for lack of a better term) feels like a curse at times. Do we as individuals give any weight to our choices and conduct.
If you were the Almighty God and you were looking down on your creation, earth in particular,…how would you feel. As Christians we’re taught to do good deeds and that our salvation is based on a relationship with Christ, yet seem to be exempt when it comes to truly caring for the earth that sustains us. Much of this is what we were bought up in and assume as long as everybody behaves and participates in this fashion, it’s ok.
What if our salvation and survival were also based on, respect for all living things, right down to the micro organisims in the soil. The Greek word hamartia (ἁμαρτία) is usually translated as sin in the New Testament. In Classical Greek, it means “to miss the mark” or “to miss the target” . As Christians and the greater population…, we might be missing the mark.
As Christians perhaps we are teaching our kids the wonderful messages of Christ…, but leaving out this untaught respect for all living things…., we disrespect the greatest gift of all… Life on this planet! Life OF this planet as we know it. I know most of you won’t get it…another plastic bottle, a bigger car, a bigger house, a two hour comute to work, excesive water use, more industrial farming, and better living through chemicals… Some call these blessings.
Tasch (page 155) poses the question, “Is economic growth making the world better or worse?” He goes on to say it is tempting to scoff an immediate, “Well, of corse, it is making the world better!”
But the truth, at this historic juncture, has become double-edged.
Is it true China is building a new coal-fired power plant each week? That heart disease is exploding among the Chinese population because of fast food and smoking?Are we on our way to a one-billion car, rainforest-less planet? Would the United States be socially and enviromentally better off with no small farmers and the vast majority of its food imported from countries where it can be produced less expensively? Does continued media consolidation lead to higher quality, more diverse programing? Is the world better off if all the peasants leave the country side to drink coke and get jobs making shower curtains for export to the United States? Has the general sense of well being In America gone up over the past few decades in tandem with the overall rise of the GDP? Is it a welcome sign of progress that so many Main Streets in so many rural towns are littered with abandoned store fronts? Is it a sign of cultural health that there are more malls than high schools in this country?
I don’t have this all figured out, but do long for a life with more simplicity, not absent of hard work. To beable instill this unspoke bigger picture in the hearts and minds of my children. A bigger picture that goes beyond the bottom line, the growth rate of a business or this country, the consumerism that has shaped us as a people…As far as my children…we’ll see how that turns out. Just like our personal relationship with our creator…we all have free will.
I pray for your acknowledgment in these matters and welcome even your smallest acts of participation. For me this has been a life long journey and it would be more enjoyable with you by my side.
Remember, the biggest fear of Americans isn’t terrorism…it’s inconvenience.
Tasch, Woody. Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as If Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Pub., 2010. Print.