Alarmed by environmental crisis and its consequent dangers ecology has become a popular talk. Politicians, teachers and preachers all talk about it. Unfortunately, there is a form of ecology that receives little attention. Yet, it may have the most tragic consequences both on humans and on the environment. Ecology of the heart is key to environmental protection.
Syrian boy, victim of polluted human heart
Biased ecology talk
I find the ecology talk quite partial. All you often hear about is watch out for carbon emissions and substances that pollute air and water. Don’t cut trees, prevent soil erosion. And there are people who are really conscientious. Bravo!
Personal hygiene is another aspect that commands our attention. We are super conscious of microbes; eating an apple without first rinsing it? Drinking without being sure the water is safe? We just leave nothing to chance. Yet, aren’t there hazards other than microbes of which we should be wary?
Humanity foundation for ecology
I’m for the opinion that it’s impossible to speak of meaningful environmental protection if humanity itself is not safe. Human ecology is the foundation of any form of environmental safeguard because it’s all-embracing. Humanity touches me as individual person, the others and the environment in which I live. This resonates perfectly well with the notion of ubuntu philosophy that treats human life, not in isolation, but in its various networks. Consequently, even ecology can’t do otherwise.
Unfortunately, with fragmented approach to human existence we hardly appreciate that terrorism, wars and various forms of human exploitation that the world is suffering today are but manifestations of ecological crisis. When humans and nature are hurt gratuitously, isn’t that an indicator of polluted humanity?
Alarms of heart pollution
The tragedies the world suffers today should inspire in us questions that touch the core of the matter. When a person takes pride in exploding himself, killing masses along with him; when people are working around the clock to perfect weapons for killing human beings; when law makers, paid colossal sums of money, their job is to approve irrational budgets bent on procurement of weapons while masses are starving; when a person has the guts to crush people with a truck…. What does all that tell us? Isn’t that enough to convince us that here we are dealing with a form of pollution much more serious than contamination of water?
This is not to underestimate the gravity of environmental crisis. My perceptive is that if we descend so low as to lose respect for human life, who will really care about nature? I know, we are good at upsetting priorities. Justly, isn’t that an infection? That’s why these sad events should shake us out of our slumber in order to fight pollution in its roots.
Who cares about heart ecology?
The barbarism that shocks us today doesn’t come from eating an unwashed apple neither is it from drinking unfiltered water. It’s the pollution of the heart. And as long as this form of infection is not given the attention it deserves, our struggle for environmental protection remains non-starter. I don’t just see how a man who hires a truck to crush people will apply himself to create a green environment to promote life.
That’s why here at single humanity we are doubt any passion for environmental sanitation which pays little care to dirty ideologies that infest our mind and heart. If any cleaning to be done, it has to start here. Let’s care for the environment, yes; but first thing first.
Addition: A lesson from 6 year-old Alex
Alex is just six years old. He lives in Scarsdale, New York. Last month, like people around the world, he was moved by the heartbreaking images of Omran Daqneesh, a five-year-old boy in Aleppo, Syria, sitting in an ambulance, in shock as he tried to wipe the blood from his hands.So Alex sat down and wrote me a letter. This week at a United Nations summit on refugees, I shared Alex's moving words with the world.Alex told me that he wanted Omran to come live with him and his family. He wanted to share his bike, and teach him how to ride. He said his little sister would collect butterflies for him. "We can all play together," he wrote. "We will give him a family and he will be our brother."Those are the words of a six-year-old boy — a young child who has not learned to be cynical or suspicious or fearful of other people because of where they come from, how they look, or how they pray.We should all be more like Alex. Imagine what the world would look like if we were. Imagine the suffering we could ease and the lives we could save.Listen to Alex, read his letter, and I think you'll understand why I shared it with the world. wh.gov/refugees
由 President Obama 发布于 2016年9月21日