Learning To Evolve
I know we are all evolving, not from fish to man, but our minds are always growing and learning new ways. We humans are very adaptive creatures and have found ways to adapt to our changing world: cultures change, environments change, climate changes, seasons change. We must adapt. As a lover of this beautiful Earth and as the amount of people depending on her increases at enormous rates, we are going to have to evolve to a new way of thinking and living.
I learned a new way of thinking from Tom Cornell on Sunday. He was talking on why we exist. Why are we here? He said it is so the one who created us can love us, similar to why we have children. We have children because we desire to have a love that is greater than we’ve ever known, that really only exists with our children. I’ve never loved anyone or anything like I love my children. I would give anything up for them, jump in front of a truck for them, starve to give them food and even give up most of my social life and extra activities to raise them.
What do we do as we prepare for the coming of our children? We prepare a room for them in our homes. We buy a crib, paint a cute mural or put up wall paper, buy diapers and clothes and enjoy the work of it. Before we go give birth, we make sure all is ready, we mama’s ‘nest’ away and make sure that everything is perfect for them, that all of their needs can be met in their environment.
This is what our Earth is for us. It was created for us to enjoy and to meet all of our earthly needs. It has done extremely well for us for the last million or so years. She provides our food, water, shelter, and every other thing we need.
How do we feel when our children, who we have so painstakingly prepared for and worked so hard to provide for, destroy their rooms, come into the house and wreak havoc, making our homes and their rooms totally inhabitable. We then have to step in and discipline them, teach them to pick up their stuff so they can actually use their rooms.
This might be a silly analogy, but when Tom was talking about God preparing Earth for us, and creating us simply so that He can love us, it reminded me of why I had kids and all we do for them to prepare for them and provide for them.
We are destroying what was created for us. It’s a fact and it’s sad. Humankind is taking more and more and more everyday and we are altering the perfect balance of our planet, the balance that makes our beautiful, wonderful, blessed lives possible. We Americans aren’t paying for it (yet), but people and animals all across the world are. Primarily in poorer countries with valuable natural resources, which we want and take. Earth is being raped so that affluent Americans (and other developed nations) can have more and more and more.
The big question I have in my head these days is why is this such a controversial issue? Why is there such a gap between those who love the Creator and those who love the Earth? It makes no sense to me. At all, whatsoever. This isn’t a political issue. This shouldn’t be left vs right or conservative vs liberal. Those paradigms are ridiculous anyway and we need to EVOLVE BEYOND THINKING THAT WAY.
My new goal is to find practical ways that my family and I can work to do our part. To use less resources, consume less Earth-raping meats, reuse what we have, make do with what we have and to bridge the gap between Earth-lovers and Jesus-lovers. They are not mutually exclusive.
Live simply so that others may simply live.