Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Hit-and-run Earth-centered post



Hats off to Polity Wonk for identifying the denominations of Vermont.

Although a bit tongue-in-cheek, Polity Wonk's post identifies real ways that real people who feel a dependence on the earth, the environment, and natural cycles have found to express and live their appreciation.

To me, these seem more genuine than trying to invent and adopt a figurative religious language by reconstructing bits and pieces of long-extinct, pre-industrial cultures into something that is (to me, anyway) inauthentic.

But even so, I respect the urge to try, in whatever way we do try. The earth is sacred. Our very existence depends on her, and so it is our sacred duty to honor her and care for her. In an age where she herself is threatened, by our actions, the legacies of culture, religion and history that we inherit from our predecessors do not give us adequate tools to express that.

2 Comments:

At August 5, 2008 at 11:11:00 AM EDT, Blogger Jaume de Marcos Andreu said...

I think that we will do more for the Earth (which ultimately means, for ourselves and our children) if we reconsider our production processes, our priorities in consumption of energy, and our destruction of huge natural resources, than by worshipping a statue or dancing naked in the woods. (Very hippy and a lot of fun, but not very practical, I'm afraid.)

 
At August 5, 2008 at 12:05:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Elz said...

Jaume, sounds like you're a member of the "activist" denomination.

 

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