#4: Phase II of original sin.

***This is the fourth of a series of posts based on a book I’m reading for a class called Connections in Religious and Ecological Education entitled Holy Ground: A Gathering of Voices on Caring for Creation. The chapter is “A Limitless Reality,” by Wendell Berry.

“We ought to be a little terrified to realize that, for the most part and at least for the time being, we are helplessly guilty… We all are now complicit in the murder of creation.”  Yikes.  Unfortunately, while not all of us are guilty of the destruction our planet is suffering right now, we’ll all be facing the consequences.  As Berry describes it, no matter who we are, even living in the farthest reaches of the earth, disconnected from industry and or globalization, we’re all in the same boat.  I suppose that’s what he means by being in “phase II of original sin.”  Not everyone created the problem, but we’ve all inherited it, and we’ve all got to figure out how to heal from it.  His answer seems almost unbearably impossible… to stop living through the “economics of extinction,” and turn instead toward the economics of life.  To remind ourselves constantly of how others, including those others who we tend to categorize as lesser life forms, are effected by our actions and to change those activities.  We must, in fact, stop thinking of things in terms of “lesser” or “superior” at all.  Those categories must cease to exist if we are to survive, because we are all in this together, each inextricably dependent upon the other.  Remembering that all is holy, and that our species has gotten to this place because we have the overwhelming tendency to believe we have all of the answers, we must become humble.  Or we will be humbled.

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  1. Chrissy Joy Said:

    I’m so jealous of this class.


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