On this Earth Day, I feel it would be most appropriate to write about the deeper issues we face, as humans. Reflecting over time, I think about our various pivotal and historical issues we have faced. Most of them derive from greed. Think about it. Every source of conflict we have as humans is ultimately about greed and the rise to power.
Has anyone ever stopped to think about our ultimate purpose here on earth? Maybe it has to do with not killing the earth or the amazing creatures that live on this planet. We have done nothing but kill and destroy. And for what? A little convenience? A little more power? Our innovation shifted to the creation of industry. Back in the days of booming industry we did not realize or care what that impact would have on the earth. What did we care about more? Making money.
Today, money is what drives every single one of us. Money.
Who have you become because of money and financial motivation? Can you ultimately choose to shift your way of thinking? No, you can't control everyone else's way of thinking right this moment. You can only change YOUR way of thinking. We have to be the change we seek first.
Consider for a moment that your brain has been conditioned to think and do things the way your ancestors have done them. In your mind, you think the way you live is the right way because you have been taught to think this way. Just as the bible has been taught to you to fear a god who will punish you for sinning. After all, humans - those who are not free of sin - have taught you everything you know. Right? So...could there be error? Absolutely.
What does this mean? Consider you might be wrong and accept the idea of changing your perspective. Humans are not here to destroy each other. I am ashamed that so many of us have fallen into a hypnosis of greed. I am not free from this thinking either. What can I do? Anything!
Start with alternatives to plastic. Use glass.
Use less air conditioning. Sweat.
Use less heat in the winter. Put on more clothing.
Garden! Grow your own vegetables.
Vote out politicians who do not believe in Climate Control.
**The photograph below was taken during the summer in St. Marys, GA where a woman in her 70's, who had lost everything in a fire, was living in her shed. She had no power or running water for over a year. No one did anything. I connected with Pastor James Hamm with "Missions for Camden" and we gave her water and food and offered her a hotel room for a few nights due to her having COPD and was not able to breathe well.