I like the idea, though, of me being a lot of mes, billions of mes, and of not being an island, a separate thing from the incorrectly termed Outside World. I am the environment, not just in it. It flows through me and in me and out of me.
That’s cool, huh?
This is a beautiful idea to me. AND ties in to my “science and religion are wholly intertwined” philosophy.
My friend Jason of FeignedCreativity.blogspot.com had this brilliant nugget to add to the convo:
One of the major problems with our current state is that we have separated ourselves from nature, made a barrier where there is none. This is due in large part to Christianity moving spirituality from nature and moving it to some unearthly plain far removed from the trees and water.
This false duality has led to a society that doesn’t make a connection between pollution, resource depletion, GMOs, Trans-fat, and obesity, cancer rates, and cardiovascular disease.
We are so ignorant as to think we can destroy the world and still live in it. The bible says man has dominion over the earth, right? It’s actually the other way around.
I agree. Also, on the other side, there is arrogance. Man’s arrogance in believing he can destroy the Earth. If we pollute the hell out of everything and the sea levels rise ten feet, and millions of species die off (including us, most likely), the Earth will still be here. New species will evolve and we will be but a memory, like the dinosaurs. Once before in our planetary history there was a great die-off. 95% of all living things died. Now look. We can only change the world, not kill it. Even if we continue to pump CO2 in the air, things will only change. There was a time on this planet when there was no ice, none. Palm trees grew near the poles and swamps and water were everywhere.
Our disconnect and disregard for nature will only harm ourselves in the end.