The state agricultural department instructs us to spray a poison to kill the grass to plant a native wildflower garden.
The road department leaves years of trash on the roadside but not the trees or bushes.
We grow crops to feed cows, and cows to feed diet-related disease and sickness.
The government subsidizes foods that produce sickness and disease.
We spray poison to grow food and food is the poison that poisons us.
We are starving in a economy built and maintained by gluttony.
Our consumer lifestyles destroys created life.
Like Emerson said “Every excess causes a defect; every defect an excess.”
We have stuffed our lives with busyness,
our houses with crap
our bodies with junk
our minds with entertainment
our hearts with information
our spirits with fear
our spirits of love
our hearts of compassion
our minds of truth
our bodies of life
our houses of charity
our lives of rest.
We are connected but lonely
Informed but ignorant
Comfortable but restless
Violent but cowards
Right but hypocrites
Alive but dead
Loud but dumb
Watchers but blind
Tuned in but shut off
Always eating but never satisfied
Christian but Christless
Atheist but Gods
Aware but apathetic
Alive but deadly
Speaking truth but living a lie.
No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character. Ralph Waldo Emerson
As consumers, we are consuming ourselves, our neighbors and our world to death.
No political party
Not even you
Can save you from yourself
We avoid ourselves
to accuse and blame others.
Our problems are complex
The solutions are simple.
To love creation
Stop taking advantage
Stop using her to a means to your end.
To love creatures
To love yourself
Stop consuming junk
Stop wasting your time, talents and truth
Stop taking advantage of your gifts
Stop using yourself as a means
To your ends.
To love others
Stop asking “What do I do?”
Start asking “How am I designed?”
Individuals are a whole and a part.
You are a holy temple
You are sacred
You are not a sewage container
A fast food restaurant
Remember who you are…
You are a gift
Treat yourself accordingly.
We are not designed to be consumers.
We are designed to be givers and receivers
Of peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
Faithfulness and self-control.
Who are you?
What do you know about yourself?
What is your story?
What do you do with your anger and sadness?
Who do you thank for the gift of you?
Who do you share this gift of you with?
We have curated lifestyles
to avoid our created life.
We have produced gods
To avoid the Creator God.
We kill life in consuming
We uphold life by receiving and giving love.
The answer to climate change is to love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.
The answer to racism is to love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.
The answer to loneliness is to love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.
The answer to diet-related disease and sickness Is to love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.
The answer to division, hate, meaninglessness, and hopelessness Is to love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.
What am I saying?
I don’t believe we love ourselves
How do I know?
Because 88% of us are causing our own physical sickness and disease.
What are we causing that we cannot see
If we do not love ourselves
We will not love others.