another happy note. The Wilderness Society recently announced that
more environmental organizations were integrating spiritual and
moral values into their missions and messages. They are encouraging
dialogue that will transform the environmental movement. Their plan
promises to bring a new level of idealism to their work. They are
discovering within themselves and sharing with others the meaning
of concepts such as spirituality, faith, morality and values. They
wrote, "Our plan of enabling and encouraging spiritual thought and
expression in environmental work can improve our conservation work,
strengthen our resolve and help others to understand our message.
By making more individuals aware of the connections between spirituality
and environmental preservation, we can only improve the quality
of all conservation work. We are ready to help bring those connections
to light for everyone working to protect the Earth."
reading that. And I loved receiving the letter to Alumnus last fall
from Dr. Moffet. He wrote that employers around the country note
that "Principia provides an educational experience that, because
it trains its students to be critical thinkers, excellent communicators,
and globally alert citizens, is more important than ever before."
I hope we are turning out Principians that are all of those things,
but the one that stood out to me was when George pin-pointed "globally
alert citizens." We sure do need to be that! And best of all we
know how to pray! We can be expecting that useful solutions will
be seen. For example, recently scientists at the U of Florida discovered
that a common fern has the capacity to soak up arsenic from the
soil without keeling over dead. Once the plant has pulled arsenic
from the soil, it can be harvested safely. It could be planted in
contaminated soils to help with cleanup from farm chemicals and
wood preservatives. Who would have thought? That is an angel message,
voters, politicians, CEOs, citizens, "consumers" can all be receptive
to ideas that bring solutions. Some may be surprising. Remember
Elisha's solution to the lost ax? He threw a stick into the deep
river where the ax had sunk and "the iron did swim." Even though
the idea defied physical laws, Elisha was obedient to God's angel
message, and the solution was at hand. We, too, can be willing to
listen for and follow angel messages that will lead us to be gentler
to our planet home.
closing I want to share some of my favorite quotes, ideas that caution
me, inspire me, and keep me hopeful:
has gone to the moon, but he does not yet know how to make a flower,
a tree or a bird song. Let us keep our dear countries free from
irreversible mistakes which would lead us in the future to long
for the same birds and trees."
Houphouet-Boigny, President of the Ivory Coast
makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could
only do a little."
Burke, British Statesman
you think or know or believe is of little consequence. In the
end the only thing of consequence is what you do."
last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant:
"What good is it?" If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then
every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota,
in the course of eons, has built something we like but do not
understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless
parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of
doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can
change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
you to be not a just a consumer, but that committed citizen and
help us change the world!
finally in the sixth section of this week's lesson, Mary Baker Eddy
reminds us that "The devotion of thought to an honest achievement
makes the achievement possible." (S&H 199:21-22)