Environmentalism

A recent email from my Canadian friend, Wendell Krossa, set me off to place some of his thinking into my site.

Environmentalism has become a new religion which speaks of an angry GAIA – an angry Earth, an angry Nature – that needs to be appeased and satisfied for our defiling it. Cutting back on the population would help. So would limiting or eliminating technology and returning to living off the land – without harming it of course. Some sort of sacrifice is always required as a payback-punishment. If we refuse to heed their advice, we are doomed for certain. Our only hope to save ourselves is to listen to their solutions.

Of considerable interest is the fact that those who preach this nonsense are also those who profit from our believing and following it! And yes, the government has fallen for their line as well and used our tax money to support environmentally “safe” industries whose products have consistently failed in the market place, either because they are too costly or because they are too dangerous to our health or to the health of birds, animals, fish, and surrounding plant life.

These “salvation” ideas are really fear-filled gifts passed down to us from the ancients. This entire concept is apocalyptic to the core. Mankind saddled itself with such thinking from the beginning of time in order to appease some sky-god entity that supposedly punished and destroyed them with volcanic eruptions, floods, meteorites, earthquakes, storms, severe climate changes, and yes, even disease and death itself.

Wherever this mythical salvation thinking has dominated humanity’s mind, it has also validated violence and hindered economic development and human progress. Worse, it inevitably encouraged the payback thinking of severe punishment for noncompliance.

“The damage from this false perception has been immense over human history. It has contributed to fear, anxiety, despair, depression and on and on. It intensified the fear of death with myths of worse to come, [namely,] a grand death of all life, and then eternal torment after death. This has become the worst Monster ever created [by and] for humanity to confront and overcome.” ~ W Krossa

Although death had always been a natural ending of life from the very beginning, it became useful for the ancient shaman to explain it as the sky-god’s payback justice for disobedience to his laws – represented by the shaman of course. From that background, violent human behavior of equal propensity toward another was also justified by many as a “fair” retribution for any evil deed they had experienced.

Hammurabi’s Code and then the Hebrew’s “eye for an eye” was much like children today calling it “getting even.”

Here and there, old manuscripts mentioned a better way as humanity’s consciousness began to develop.

• The Hebrew Prophet, Jeremiah, wrote, “I will put my way into their minds and write it on their hearts – because I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

• The Hebrew Prophet, Isaiah, wrote, “Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts [of payback]. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon [unconditionally]. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Maintain [my] justice [forgiveness] and do what is right, [love one another] for … my righteousness is now revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, the man who holds it fast.”

• Another Hebrew Prophet, Hosea, claimed, “I will have mercy, not sacrifice.”

• The Galilean Sage, Jesus, spoke of forgiving your enemy instead of taking revenge.

• Gandhi remarked, “An ‘eye for an eye’ makes the whole world blind.”

Today, others attempt to distinguish between personal ethics, which they claim Jesus was referring to, and our country’s legal system while trying to soften the blow of “fair” retribution. – “As a rule for ordering relationships in society as a whole, and as a principle that informed the public legal processes, ‘an eye for an eye’ spoke of retribution rather than revenge. That is, a proportionate response to a wrong.” ~ A Basden

The bottom line is that they just do not get it! Our Father has a better way:

“Maintain [my] justice [forgiveness] and do what is right, [love one another] for … my righteousness is now revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, the man who holds it fast.”

Our Father who lives among us and in us loves us unconditionally. And he will never leave us or forsake us, not even as we pass through death. We are always and forever will be surrounded by Love. There never was a fall of humanity into sin. Sin had no origin. Curiosity was never a sin. Besides life, freedom was the greatest gift of the patient creative Entity. Humanity has always had the choice of learning better ways to overcome their challenges. Payback-punishment and sacrifice are only human inventions of the mind. There is no hell. A loving Entity would never even THINK of such nonsense!

Henry Hasse – May, 2013

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