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Monday, August 19, 2013

Ode to Carbon: a dirge for the human family

One of the reasons for making wise choices with regard how we conduct ourselves while being human on the planet is that we can seriously screw things up if we decide to do things one way instead of another. The economic and political struggle ongoing at present involving the extraction and use of carbon based energy is an example of the decision makers dilemma.

The situation facing the human family is dire on many fronts. Now it appears as if the decision makers have hooked their wagon to the carbon star and are pulling the rest of the planet along with them to the conclusion of their activities.

A lot of us appreciate clean drinking water as well as fresh air.

There are some whose activities indicate it is not a top priority. You know who they are and they do not need to be named.

The phenomenon of the human race doing to it's own living environment the things it has done has a spiritual explanation as well as a political and economic explanation. Human history can be understood in a spiritual context resulting from mankind's specific choices. Truly we reap what we sow, and just as truly we try to deny any consequences exist.

My understanding for the reason the leaders of society have chosen to relate to the living environment in the way they have is inherently spiritual in nature. I reason like this. The Creator / creature relationship has experienced a separation. One of my favorite stories from the bible is just such a tale.

Jesus told a story about a family, including a man living on his property with two sons and his hired hands. Perhaps the man is a widower because no wife is mentioned. I think a better explanation for the absence of a wife is that the story is about mankind and God.

In the story the younger of the two sons asks his father to give him his share of the inheritance now instead of having to wait for him to die. The father agrees. The son takes his newly found wealth and quickly spends it ending up in the proverbial gutter.

I see in this outcome a representation of the fall of man. There is a key in Jesus' words about how to understand this story. "And when he came to himself..."

When he came to himself he remembered his fathers house and he returned.

The human race can do that too. That is the theme of the last book of the New Testament

"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."

The plagues spoken of are all ecologically relevant. They involve geological, and astronomical repercussions ranging from earthquakes, to starvation, to war, epidemic, and economic totalitarianism.  Sound familiar?  Thinking spiritually it is  reasonable to conclude that if mankind will not turn back to honor his source of being that creation itself will breakdown. This is what the book of Revelation indicates, and Paul, the apostle affirms.

It up to you whether or not you want to return to your father's house. You can.

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