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The natural world is all around us.
The order of the Universe and the Laws of Creation bind us all.
For too long now, we have ignored what we are surrounded by, and what, in essence, we rely totally upon.
We are as much a part of the natural world, as the trees and bees that support us, in air and food.
Perhaps it is just that we have come to realize this tender link…that current lifestyles are not only destroying our natural world, but are, in effect, destroying us.
That realization is late in coming, but, not too late…it is never too late!
And so, as in all great wars, what follows is reconciliation.
Understanding how to share, is an essential part of reconciliation.
Making amends as best we can.
Understanding how to support what supports us.
Nurturing life instead of celebrating death…
I am reminded of pictures I have seen on the web recently, of smiling, celebratory faces, hovering over the dead and bloodied body of a magnificent animal…an elephant.
Just one of many!
The mindset of destruction, of triumphalism over Mother Nature and the natural world…this must be shriven if we are to survive as a species on this planet.
Reconciliation begins with acknowledgement.
Acknowledgement it is possible to have a terrible darkness within us, that rejoices in destruction.
Hell is not a place apart.
We carry Hell, or not…our choice!
Years ago, I watched, as a young man pulled the legs off a dragonfly.
It was with sadness, but no surprise, to learn, that he later took to abusing alcohol and met an early death.
I don’t think his parents ever really thought about what he did to the dragonfly that day, as we all sat around at that picnic gathering.
Nor am I saying that this is the end product of such cruelty.
It is that we must rediscover our connection to, and respect of, Mother Nature.
For Mother Nature is, in fact, Mother Nurture…we rest in her arms.
All life is sacred.
When we abuse that sacredness, we create Hell.