The degradation of love and the fallacy of reason.
the land becomes subject to a hand other than natures, when all of
nature is reduced to a consumer product and the drive of human kind is
comfort and the satisfaction of its own needs alone, when even death is
railed against, and the place of final and inevitable mortal rest
becomes an offence, then a deadly sacrifice has taken place. When human
kind replaces the natural order with that imposed by intellect and
reason, and no longer listens to the seasons, or cares that the land is
despoiled, then human kind have truly lost their place and the very
comfort and stability and control they have established becomes the
means to their own end.
us to live here on this planet we have a need and a duty to husband it,
nurture it and to lavish our best attention on it, it is our home. In so
much as we denigrate this earth we denigrate our selves. If the planet
is raped, despoiled and torn apart, it is we, ourselves, who have
perpetrated this crime, who are despicable and less than the humanity we
hold as promise, but do not evince.
so doing we have moved beyond reason, for we have perpetrated that which
is unreasonable by any sane standard. In not acting in concord with this
planet that is home to us we are merely vagabonds picking over the bones
of our own demise.
we are awed and subdued by the exploits of humanity, which is merely the
work of hands, and feel no sense of greater awe towards nature, which we
did not create, merely suborned to our own needs without thought or
care, and fail to see our place in such abundance and diversity, then we
such times the need for one clear thought, one voice, and that voice the
sound of each individual taking stock, choosing to see, daring to care,
becomes the only route to survival.
is not our exploits which will save us but our ethics, not what we do,
but who we are. If such is the case then there are going to be personal
and individual consequences to caring and striving for an ethical basis
for living. The immediate consequences are that, in so much as
individuals turn away from exploitation and abuse, resist the tide of
exploitative progress, we each will suffer. I do not mean that we will
experience some mild discomfort, or feel uncomfortable; I mean a
suffering that will feel like a death agony. We will, in every way,
mentally, emotionally and physically, become strangers in a strange
land. As friendless as if we had wandered into an arid wilderness, where
only our wits and common sense will aid our survival. Every thought and
every action will be suspect. Every idea of what we consider normal and
natural, everything we have been raised to and have lived with, is our
enemy. Every unexamined thought and idea is a potential snare.
There is currently a pro-life lobby, driven mostly by religion, to end
abortion. Pro-life lobbyists campaign outside clinics and hospitals in
order to persuade those seeking to abort a foetus to allow the potential
child to live. There are good moral and ethical, even religious, reasons
so to do. In as much as one person is persuaded and the pregnancy
allowed to reach full term and a child born, is there not an equal or
greater ethical, moral and religious duty to consider the quality of
life the child will experience? In persuading a mother to have her baby,
the people who persuaded her have an ongoing moral and ethical
responsibility for the upkeep, care, and quality of life of that child.
It is not what they are saving these babies from that matters,
but what they are saving them into. If having once persuaded, they turn
their backs on mother and child, then they are no better and perhaps
worse than the abortionists they condemn.
is not life that matters so much as caring for life. Life is not
valuable per se, it is valuable only if we give it meaning. The ability
to give meaning to life is peculiar to human beings, yet it is human
beings who have denigrated life. Because we have mind and will, we have
the capacity to be completely despotic or deeply caring. If we do not
exert mind and will, if we leave unexamined that life which we are born
to, then we are less than animals who at all times are true to their