July 25     

Today's quotation:

When you learn to take responsibility for yourselves, then you will start taking responsibility for the planet.  The planet is being destroyed by your abandonment of responsibility.  You assume that you own the planet.  And ownership confers upon you the right to do as you like.  You do not own this beautiful planet.  You are simply a guest here.

Leonard Jacobson

Today's Meditation:

It's extremely painful to watch what's happening to this planet that we call home.  Floating plastic in the oceans that covers thousands of square miles, climate change caused by the ways that we release carbon into the atmosphere, animals that die because of the packaging that we carelessly throw away-- we act as if we own this place, that it's all ours, and that we can do anything that we want to it.  But it's not, and we can't.

On the day I die, I want to be able to say that I did everything that I could on a personal level to take care of this planet that's so good to me, that sustains my life without asking for anything back from me other than a bit of responsibility.  And actually, the planet doesn't even request that responsibility-- it simply gives me all that I need to survive without asking for anything.  My conscience is what tells me that I need to contribute to the sustainability of the planet and all that lives on it, and my hope is that I live up to the demands that my conscience makes on me.

We have to make decisions every day about just about everything.  It seems that those decisions should include ones that have us take care of this planet so that it can continue to take care of us-- and especially our children.  The legacy that we're putting together today should be one that we're proud of, especially when it concerns leaving a livable planet for our children to enjoy.  I can do my part by using less disposable plastic, using my car less, using less water, creating less pollution, wasting less food, planting trees when possible, picking up trash (even if it isn't mine), and on and on.

I need to be responsible in the ways that I treat this planet, and I need to not worry about what others are doing-- the only thing that I have any control over is what I do.  I want to be a person who contributes to the well-being of this planet partly because it's simply the right thing to do and partly because I want our children to have a world that will support them and nurture them when they grow up.  As things are going currently, that's not the planet that we're making.

Questions to consider:

Can you name three things that you can do today to help the planet remain or become healthy?

Why do each of us have a responsibility to help to maintain a healthy planet?  What happens to our relationship with the planet if we fail to do so?

Why do we tend to see the earth only for what it offers us and for ways that we can profit from it?

For further thought:

A relationship to the earth based only on its use for economic enrichment is bound to result not only in its degradation but also in the devaluation of human life.  This is a perversion which, if not soon corrected, will become a fatal disease of technological societies.

Rene Dubos

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