Yesterday I basked in the salty spray cast from the silver Pacific coast waves gone wild from a latent South Pacific typhoon. The ocean’s majestic power (and probably a dose of negative ions) energized my spirit. Experiencing this spectacle of rampant waves that crashed into the sand then ripped back to the sea just to collide with another incoming wave ready to burst open inspired reverence. It was like watching a sacred ceremony inside a most holy of churches.
the misanthropist, thought not. I, the blogger, determined to find a blogging path for Blog Action Day, www.blogactionday.org decided to put this question out to people on Facebook and my personal e-mail lists.
Requesting 50 words or less, I asked:
Is it vital to have a spiritual connection to this planet in order to effectively correct the environmental, social, and humanitarian challenges that we/the planet presently face?
Ava Champion from Jasper, GA emailed this:
“If we look around, we see us, some animals and a planet. EVERYTHING else comes from the planet. We are responsible for only two things: being born and dying. All that happens in between happens because of where we live, on planet Earth, dare I say Mother Earth? It is impossible to live each day without taking something from this completely giving Mother. Human history is only a fraction of the earth’s history and yet we act as though we are the only reason it exists. When the reality is that the earth would be better off without us. Spiritually, we are lacking. We are not capable of understanding how small we really are. But our Mother continues to give us more than we deserve. We must strive to care for her and each other. Do something good every day. Give something back. Gee, pick up some trash, recycle as much as possible, and do unto others and all that. It will never be enough, but a good mother loves unconditionally. She always gives us another chance.
Terry Mock from Redlands, CA, emailed this,
Yes! We must respect all living things on this planet. We must not destroy life-plants, animals, vegetation, sea life or we will destroy ourselves. We must protect the cycle of life and the air that we breathe. Do our actions promote life and beauty and preservation of our planet?
Jeremy Munds, an Iraq War Veteran and now an imagery analyst with the United States Army, stated,
No, it is just Loyalty, Duty, Repsect, Honor and Integrity. I have two more but I don’t think that they pertain. They might, so I’ll include Selfless Service and Personal Courage. Spiritual connections, in my eyes, are not needed. The ability to do what is right, legally and morally, even when no one is watching, is what we need to correct things.
Edward Parone of Nambe, NM sent,
Sarah Doni Swenson, who blogs http://oneheartmanygardens.blogspot.com/ wrote from Seattle,
We have a spiritual connection to Earth regardless of whether we acknowledge it. It is like gravity, which also exists invisibly, and independent of our beliefs. Our challenge is to awaken ourselves in mindfulness to our spiritual nature, which will open the doors to perception that we are all part of everything, and that to heal/hurt some means to heal/hurt all, our planet included. I’ve recently been researching remote healing (also called healing at a distance). If you’re skeptical, Google it and then draw your own conclusions about interconnectedness.”
Alexis Strong of Santa Fe, noted,
It’s not possible for everyone on the planet to have a spiritual connection with it – so we can only hope that the collective power of who do will transcend mankind’s destruction. I do believe, however, that the planet, in its billion plus years of life, will survive any assault, including the ongoing human one.
Jim Terr, writer, musician, actor, and all things creative, at http://www.jimterr.com/ sent from Santa Fe,
I’m not positive what a “spiritual connection” is, but anyone who can’t simply see that unless the earth and everyone on it survives, that none of us do, has probably got their head too far up Rush Limbaugh’s butt to figure seriously into the discussion – except as an obstruction.
Weather and Earth movements wove in and out of this morning’s national news which included generous bonuses to Wall Street giants, a violent attack by five boys against one boy who told the truth, health care issues posing the haves against the have-nots, nuclear proliferation, and terrorists’ attacks against civilization. Meanwhile the tiny issue of cigarette butts on the beach seems insignificant until one sees the common thread that fuses today’s news—R-E-S-P-E-C-T–or the lack thereof.
Spirituality is personal. Action is essential. Knowledge and education opens the door.
Call to action: