I find the thought haunting that a great civilization like ancient Egypt, which once enjoyed ample rain and lush flora (about 10,000 years ago) became covered with sand and eventually turned into a desert. Egypt also once enjoyed superior knowledge, which has been covered over (forgotten) by something strikingly similar. Is there a link? Could this geological and physical circumstance have been caused by a similar process that’s happening within the human heart and mind—that degenerating values and responsibilities were causing the human psyche to turn into a spiritual wasteland?
I believe it did. This would bring a spiritual element to the whole issue of environmentalism and sustainability. After all, we humans make our life-choices from our belief systems, which represent the qualities of our spirits (heart and mind). In other words, we turn our habitats into mirror images of the thoughts, feelings and values we have inwardly adopted.
If we hold personal views (principles) that are unhelpful or even harmful and poisonous to others, our manifestations and activities will be similarly unfavorable for the whole planet. Soil destruction and erosion comes from some corresponding erosion taking place within another dimension of reality—our psycho-turf. This erosion takes place in the qualities of our character. (Artificial fertilizers and herbicides are some examples of a flawed and synthetic worldview.)
The current state of the world’s environmental condition is a perfect reflection of the spiritual state of the human species. True sustainability must embrace both worldly (physical) and spiritual (soul) concerns.
I wrote about this transcendental causal link in my first book, Sermon From The Compost Pile. The book also links the proper approach to the environmental (green) movement to insights “harvested” from a deeper understanding of God’s Holy Word. I predict that in the future Holy Scripture will be seen as the “Bible” for ecological-friendly (holistic) living—both here and for the hereafter! After all, eco-friendly living is a derivative of the sacred commandment to “love thy neighbor.”
The Garden of Eden was more than an earthly paradise. It represented the inner landscape of a noble soul. One condition needs the other!