I quote Ita Hardesty Mason, “We may not have the Spirit Bear in its path way…but what we have to protect is sacred…it’s called earth…”
There seems to be several definitions of sacred:
Concerned with religion or religious purposes
Worthy of respect or dedication
Made or declared or believed to be holy; devoted to a deity or some religious ceremony or use
Worthy of religious veneration
Do you consider the earth a deity? Where are the earth’s personal aspects? Where is its grace? Does it feel? Where gets its information? Did it begat itself? Did the material create you?
If it belches out oil at the tar sands, can we not use it and make the area cleaner? What do you see when you look at the hills? Do you look beyond the hills?
Psalms 121: 1-2 says, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.”
We must look beyond the hills to the Creator. A failure to look beyond the tar sands or the material means that we deify the material and make it sacred and that is the religious aspect of the big Bang which sought to exclude the Creator, but instead put material (ourselves or mother earth) in God’s place.
We do have a dominion mandate to use the earth and to take care of it and I think competitive capitalism is the best way to do it partly because it opens up incentive and ingenuity that will one day hopefully harness the air, the water and the sun to a vast extent.
And the more we look beyond the hills to the real help that comes from the Creator of them, we surely encourage peace.
Homer R. Dodson
Of East Belltown