I concluded some years ago that the only social movements or spiritual paths that interest me are those that explicitly have at their center this truth: Human beings are not in any way superior to or more deserving than non-human beings and ecosystems. Different, yes. Uniquely gifted, perhaps. But not intrinsically more important.
We humans have been indoctrinated for many generations by the dominant culture and its institutions—including mainstream Christianity—with the conviction that we are superior to everything else that exists. Most humans everywhere unquestioningly believe that not just our survival, but our day-to-day comfort and narrowly defined well-being comprise the most important agenda being played out on earth. We don’t have to look far to see what a mess this has created, with the land, waters and air being polluted all over the planet, wild habitats shrinking, entire species dying, and now the specter of seemingly irreversible, disruptive climate change.
Humans are literally killing the Sacred Land—and thus our very selves, for we are of the Land. Through deigning everything about us and our lives as hyper-important, we have made ourselves hostile and aggressive in groups, and lonely, disconnected and sad as individuals. We are trampling our souls, and depriving ourselves of vast levels of spiritual understanding and deepening that are our birthright. [Read more…] about The Fundamental Green Christian Value: The Sacred Land is in the Center