Every day is Earth Day
As the official Earth Day (April 22) celebration is fast approaching it’s a great time to take a few moments and reflect on how we are doing in treating Mother Earth as kindly as she treats us and the kind of place we will be leaving our children to inhabit.
It is an odd notion that we would only take one day out of the year to celebrate the Earth. After all, she provides us with everything we need, want or desire to make our stay here possible. Mother Earth is the only reason we are able to be here, and yet we often tend to have a severe case of amnesia and forget to thank her every day for all of the abundance she offers. Things like: our food, clothing, shelter, landscapes, biosphere, our oceans and rivers, the animals that share the earth with us, clean air, plants to keep us healthy and diversity beyond any human capacity to fathom.
Our “modern world” and our greed has so disconnected us from the true source of where all things in our life come from that we believe they just magically appear in stores for us to just consume. How often on an everyday basis do you take a moment to say “thank you, Mother Earth, for being the source from which I receive everything”? How come we don’t instill our children with this kind of gratitude? How come we pledge allegiance to a flag but we don’t take a vow to do as little harm as possible to the one place we are a guest on?
I mean seriously is it really a hospitable way to treat your host by filling it with garbage, dropping bombs on it, ruining its fertile soils, killing its native people and decimating its animal, tree and plant populations, polluting its air, rivers and oceans, ruining its atmosphere and actually having the nerve to think that we know how to run the show better than it does. If you look at the score card, we don’t seem to be doing as well as she is. We are making the Earth into our cesspool rather than honoring her as the living, breathing, conscious being that she is.
It seems rather hypocritical to instill values in our children like, “hitting is not nice and stealing is bad,” while we have no problem dropping bombs on innocent people and stealing their land so we can keep living the way we like and wasting our earthly resources; it may prove more beneficial to actually reconnect with the earth on an everyday basis, to be grateful to her and teach our children how precious all our resources are and how to use them in much more sensible and sustainable ways. But that would require us to seriously look at every choice we make, to see where every dollar we spend actually goes and what it supports. It would require us to get out of our own way and no longer look at what we want to gratify us in the moment but to take a longer view at what our children’s futures will look like if we keep consuming the way we do with no regard for them or the very Earth that gives everything of herself to us just for us to turn around and trash her.
Remember you need the Earth way more than she needs you.
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