‘I sat on the sand watching the scene before me and wondered what the topic of conversation was between the rock and the tree. What was said was, ‘when do we get to meditate?’ Meaning, when do we – the high-income world - ever allow life to rest. These simple words and the scene before me formed the inspiration for the ‘STOP in 2020’ initiative and my ‘When do I get to meditate ~ Mother Earth’ T-Shirt.’
The following passage features in my 2017 book, 'Meditations for Action'. God seems confident we will begin caring for our world. How wrong he was! This piece explores the passage in the context of the image, which shows God shedding tears of anguish. “God and the devil looked down upon the earth. The devil laughed and taunted God, “Look at the mess down there. And much of it is in Your name. They are doing Your work! I have done well.” God replied, “Attaching My name to an action does not make it mine. But I see you have done well. You have created the ultimate test. I believe I have designed a world where love conquers all, and now it shall be revealed how well I have done My job.”
The bucket list mentality of the high-income world has been nothing but abusive to life. Now, after a lifetime of suffering, which in recent times has reached unprecedented depths, God, Life and Mother Earth are putting forward their bucket list. And they are reminding us that only by putting conditions on our expression and demands can we help make their dream a reality.
The judgement of the flawed and imperfect, by the self-righteous, enters our world under the guise of righteousness and virtue. A spotlight shone upon those whose humanity is of an inadequate standard. But the true nature of this light is dark and sinister. A light cloaked in darkness. This is not the work of love. And our world is no better for it.