Maturity and survival go hand in hand in the coming years.
When we survive the pending environmental crisis, it will be because we have proved to ourselves that we are worthy to continue as a species.
Marking that self affirmation will be a maturity of character. We will be ready for self-governance – shedding the desires we have to defer to others out of fear of the world, or to defer to groups out of our fears of our own natures. We have always had this potential, and it is a truth that our governments do not want us to realize.
We will be ready for this self-governance because we will have realized that we are already perfect; that each of us has an inner voice of calm and great wisdom. We have always had this potential, and it is “The Good News” that our churches do not want us to hear. You are the light of the world.
We are one species with one planet. We are indivisible from each other and from the whole. At the source of all life in the cosmos is great wisdom, and great wisdom is in our own hearts too. This we must realize if we are to mature and survive.
March 2011. The driest March for 50 years. April 2011. Getting to be the hottest. The year 2010. The warmest globally in 150 years. Floods in Pakistan and China. 11,000 heatwave deaths in Moscow. (Source).
Some of us are looking hard into technology to decarbonize (this is called ‘bright green’). Some of us are looking into behavioural change to decarbonize (this is called ‘dark green’). Some of us are looking into behaviour, gender, and justice (‘deep green’).
Some of us have concluded that climate change is not happening (deniers). Some of us have concluded that it is happening, but it is not human-made (sceptics of climate science). Some of us have concluded that it is happening, is human-made, and we can prevent it (includes activists). Or we can adapt (pessimistic pragmatism).
Finally some of us have concluded that it is happening, it is our fault, but it is too late to do anything.
I have encountered at least four people who are loosely of this last category. Their conclusion is that the human race must therefore be doomed.
There is another category. Let’s not think about it. Complete denial.
Perhaps we are all swinging between these positions like monkeys in trees.
What are you going to do? What am I going to do? Shall we just carry on doing nothing? How freaky does the weather need to get before action looks less stupid than inaction?
The nuns and monks of Plum Village say, ‘Let’s Wake Up Together’.
Three different religious traditions. Three different videos. Three examples of something demonstrated which looks impossible or extremely difficult to believe, but nevertheless could be real (as in not faked).
Are they examples of different energy, or are they examples of the same energy?
(Please note that the sound of one of these recordings was not observed before the video was posted.)