I can't stop thinking that this is not the first time we have been here. Throughout history, men and women have been singing this song. Rachel Carson, Thomas Malthus, John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Henry David Thoreau, they have all been on the same beat. Like canaries in the coal mine, they remind us that at some point it is all going to be used up and we will be left stranded Earth, an island without resources. Yes, we live in a dynamic system, and much of Earth we do not control. The climate and the environment is ever changing, and we can not anticipate its every move.
However, there are parts that we can anticipate. There are things we DO know. It is not mass confusion in the streets. Using the best technology and minds to date, the scientific community is turning out research minute by minute on the issues: climate, biodiversity, water scarcity, air quality, toxicology, energy. (These are all topics that affect you, me, and our children.) I am not sure why we choose to think "they" are the enemy. Maybe it come backs to hating Darwin? Or cursing the scientific view of the age of the Earth? Maybe we are mad that "they confuse" our children? Or that their views of the world determine truth?
I do not know about you, but I am tired of the "us and them". It just doesn't seem biblical anymore. Jesus had this incredible ability to be the third way. He didn't spend time choosing sides or arguing for right and wrong. Instead, he became the way. He acted different than culture and the religious right.
When I look at the issues before us, I know that it is going to take all of us. (A unity like the world has never seen before). You might not be ready to join me and that is okay. You might be a skeptic and that is even more okay. When you come here to read my thoughts, here is what I ask: would you consider that there are things that we could change? Not everything. Just some things. May we have the wisdom to know the difference.
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference." (Niebuhr, 1934)
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