The world is changing, and some of these changes may not be good for our kind - the earthlings, humans. Humans always fear the unfamiliar. Human history is filled with discouraging response to things unfamiliar. It will take courage to try to understand what is unfamiliar and to learn until what is unfamiliar may now be familiar. But how do we fear?
Do we fear like a servant? Are we going to
be fearful of the punishment our master will surely hurl upon us once
our misdeeds come into light? Should our campaign for the environment
be centered on the idea that we will suffer the devastating consequences
if we will not protect the environment? Ought we to have that servile
fear? Are we servants?
No, we should not have to fear like
servants. We are not servants of our environment. We are its stewards.
Our vocation is to take care of, and have a care of taking, things
around us. Yet, we do have reasons to fear and must allow ourselves to
How then do we fear?
I propose that we must
have filial fear, the fear that a son has of offending the father or a
member of the family. Our fear must be borne out of our sense of
responsibility and not out of the consequences of our irresponsibility.
Our campaign must be in regaining the honor of each individual as
faithful steward. We must acknowledge our stewardship. We must affirm
our stewardship. It is in acknowledgment and affirmation of our
personal responsibility to each individual earthling that we can truly
change the environment. We must tell our stories, stories about taking
responsibility and responding to the vocation of being stewards to the
environment. We must tell our stories proudly, stories that tells the
journey of miscreant community to responsible stewardship. We must tell
our stories proudly and at length, stories that explain how injury
happens in burst and healing seems but a trickle. We must tell our
stories proundly, at length and with self-examination, stories that
reveal that we too may be guilty even if we speak against the betrayal
of stewardship. We must speak - and we must walk the talk.
show them what is done. We show them where it is done. We show them
how it is done. We show them when it is done. Then, we allow them to
show the things they have done themselves. We learn from every steward.
We promote best practices - but we always take our cue with each
steward on the ground. It is them that live with the ground. It is
their response that will decide the fate of that ground. We have, at
our disposal, the vast and active world of a virtual environment - the
internet. We need to get our message across this portal of the current
generation. We must learn how best to make use of this new resource to
protect the natural resource we have in the physical world. We need to
connect and re-connect with people. We must engage them and get them
off their seats and on their feet to help us heal the land.
will take years to reverse the consequences but stewards have only
certain years to live. We then must remain vigilant of earthlings who
have heard the same call and responded creatively. It is in finding
them that we can keep our effort sustainable. Only when we are assured
that there will be hands to receive the baton when we passed it on can
we hope for change to happen.
Then ... we need not fear for that change when it happens.