“Then the LORD God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to cultivate and watch over it.” ~Genesis 2:15
As we return, post-lockdown, to the world around us, so does the pollution we create. If it is true, as some have said, that we ourselves are the disease (and there is truth in that), it’s also true that we hold the cure. But it seems those who focus habitually on what’s wrong with the world take little action to make things right with it, whether the world without or the world within, our souls. Yes, by all means, let us remove the toxins from the garden. But then let us go on to re-plant the garden.
“Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.” ~Henry David Thoreau
“We are using resources as if we had two planets, not one. There can be no plan B because there is no planet B.” ~Ban Ki-moon
“Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions.” ~Will Durant
“God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but He does what is still more wonderful: He makes saints out of sinners.” ~Soren Kierkegaard
“The day misspent,
the love misplaced,
has inside it
the seed of redemption.
Nothing is exempt
“Was it you or I who stumbled first? It does not matter. The one of us who finds the strength to get up first must help the other.” ~Vera Nazarian
“We all long for Eden, and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature at its best and least corrupted, its gentlest and most human, is still soaked with the sense of exile.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
“It is not true that everyone is special. (But) it is true that everyone was once special and still possesses the ability to recover it.” ~Criss Jami