What slows you down on Sunday? Is it a walk in nature? Or a stop in church? The juxtaposition of the two in the images is telling. Not that the photos are wonderful in any way, it was more about how the particular place made me feel. It was about the thoughts that crossed my mind. It was how I zoomed in and felt as if I was moving through and toward.
Was I leaving one place to go to another?
The closer one gets to the church, the farther from nature one physically becomes. What happens in thought?
The vantage point changes from one type of bliss to another. Or are they essentially the same?
Maybe if we view the Earth as if it were the temple of God, we would be far more likely to treat it with respect and protect it. Or we could dismiss religion and do it because it is the right thing to do as it is OUR home.
The first view requires one to believe supernaturally. What if one is a scientist where things provable or theorized rule? A scientist is an individual likely to view the Earth in the second way – our place in the universe – OUR home? What percentage of scientists believe in God? 40 percent of biologists, physicists and mathematicians said they believed in God in the journal Nature in 1997. What is that percentage of believers likely to be today? Do any feel things so out of control, out of their hands to fix the environmental wrongs, the rapidly evolving disease, the mounting civil unrest?
I was having a discussion with a friend of mine on the state of affairs of our Earth with respect to climate change. She had brought up that people can modify behaviors which can lead to change, and while I agree that many can, I feel that it might be too late as our fate might be on a set course.
Because… I believe not enough people will ever make the needed change to reverse the rapidly growing effects of climate change. The subject itself is far too complicated with numerous driving factors – not only limited to our carbon production from the most publicized causes.
Human innovation contributes in most products we make and grow. Think of every human crop and product developed that people could “just not live without”, all these that you imagined contributing to a warming Earth. Just about everything we do!
Human overpopulation is by far the most offending issue confronting an Earth undergoing change. A change brought about by the sheer number of us here.
So is this where religion raises its head? Will it be compassionate or will it become destructive to fellow man. I have no doubt the latter as places go without due to lack of water and or food. People will want to survive and will find any means to do so with religious justifications that might shock many.
Science does not seem to be persuading people that the time is now to reduce our carbon footprint. People are not listening to the 97% of climate scientists accepting that the world is experiencing climate change/warming.
The weather this winter has jumped from highs in the 50’s to lows in the minus teens in days in our area. 50° differences has occurred some places in the course of one day. It really makes one wonder if this is normal weather (in many cases) or is it the effects of climate change in others.
Slowing down then encompasses many things. One is the time to think…
Here I am at the church, looking back to the hill where the photos of the meadow were taken. Is it no accident I am looking back over the graveyard next to the church? Makes one wonder the symbolism and juxtaposition… looking from and through nature, the graveyard is not in view. Think a sermon can come from these thoughts?
I often wonder how many disapproving eyes look down upon us from time to time?
Make sure and see Conservation Landscaping in Design. It is part of a three-part series that started with White-throated Sparrow – Hop, Hop, Hopping Along for Conservation Landscaping. The last of the series is coming up, What’s in the Thicket?