Our role in ecology

What is our role in ecology, war, peace, pollution? Who will save us from ourselves? Where is god now?

Dear Frater:

Si Vales, Valeo

I must admit that I am surprised by your mail. It isn’t every day that I receive questions from Christians, which is a shame, really. We should be having more debate. As you know, the environmental disasters which are right around the corner are of great concern to me, as they are apparently to you. I will try to show you where our philosophies differ in our approach to a solution.

In the absence of any evidence of a super-human being, my view must be that if there is a God, he must reside in Man. That means that cleaning any mess we have made requires two things. We must accept responsibility for it, and we must stop crying about it and do something to fix it because no one else is going to do it for us.

Your position, as you have stated it, is that we have messed everything up, that it is God’s will that it be messed up, and that there is a better place where the faithful will go after we have destroyed the Earth beyond repair.

What if that thing we call God is all of humanity? Divided in all of us, waiting for us to unite under some righteous banner or cause? What if The Garden that is spoken of in the Bible is right here under our feet? Aren’t these views just as plausible as a old bearded man floating on a cloud? Of course, it is. Which train of thought do you think would be most useful today for the purposes of avoiding ecological mayhem?

So, as you can see, we both believe in a God, just in different ways. For both of us that is either going to be gnosis or faith. I am not disparaging the concept of faith, mind you. I see faith as the absence of “lust of result,” which is when our desires interfere with the process of achieving our goals through various mystical or magical systems. Your chosen system is mystical, and thereby passive. Mine is magical, and requires action, or what I call a “magical link.”

In my view, we are responsible for everything. Passing the blame to some Devil and our hope to some God creates a sickness in humanity by absolving it from having any responsibility to solve the problems we create. We can simply shrug off responsibility to fix it and hold ourselves unaccountable for our own actions.

In other words, what you say about your Scriptures may be true in some initiated sense, but for this understanding to occur you have to do more than scratch the surface of these stories. The problem with your position is that any argument, in the end, will necessarily end in a series of assumptions which cannot be proven outside of the context of The Bible. This makes the argument self-referential. It is a huge folly for us to make the choice to accept anything that requires faith when we have the tools, the knowledge, and a good motive to pick ourselves up to unite with one another to fix the mess we have created. I put more faith in that, because I can see and interact with people who think and move.

People… we exist for certain. History has shown again and again that waiting on God to intervene is ridiculous. Even if there were a God in the Christian sense, it is better to take it into our own hands than assume he or she gave us the capacity to act but didn’t expect us to. It seems sadly human to act without sincerity, gumption, or the love for our world. This is why we must learn to be more than human.

People have been told for thousands of years that we are Nature’s master and should have dominion over every living thing that crawls, flies, walks, or grows. That we shouldn’t love anything about this planet, because it belongs to an evil red dude with black horns and a pointy tail and sounds like Tim Curry. Talk about a poisoned set of symbols!

What if we reinterpreted those symbols, the perceptions of our roles, and recognized not only our ability to act, but adapt the theory that for every opportunity we are presented with where we fail to act is a pure insult to the deity living within you? A paradigm based on things we already know to be true which doesn’t separate man from nature, but unites him with it?

Christian beliefs, as pious as they may seem on the surface, are based on inflating the ego. We think we are so superior to everything else that we act like tourists instead of byproducts of nature. What if we decided that if the Christian God really did exist, he is simply waiting for us to act as though we were created in his image? Even that would be an improvement, wouldn’t it?

What if we decided to have faith in people, in nature, in science and knowledge. What if we told ourselves that there may or may not be a “better place” than this? Or that the only hell that exists is the one we are creating here on earth?

We have misinterpreted the symbols, the myths, and the stories. We tried to make sense of them for over 2000 years. Humans were highly unevolved and superstitious 2000 years ago. Let’s take those same symbols and breathe life into them by contemporizing them in our own time, within the scope of our present phase of knowledge and evolution.

That, in my opinion, is the only thing that will save the human race… our children, and their children.

Think on this: “Truth is something so noble that if God could turn aside from it, I could keep the truth and let God go.”— Meister Eckhart (Meister Eckhart, from Whom God Hid Nothing – Shambhala Publications, 2005)

Pax Profunda