If you are looking for a reading to mark Tu B’Shevat (The New Year of the Trees), here is an original piece which relates to ecology and humankind’s purpose on earth.
There is an eternity within us. Matter and spirit collide and merge into a recipe for life. Slowly evolving as the planet does, we are surely of our mother’s nature.
Perhaps we are her eyes and ears. We bear witness to avalanches of terror and fountains of beauty. We listen and quake when she yawns, and huddle together at her thunderous rage. We are more than related to her and much less than self-made. We are earthly matter, cosmic dust.
Perhaps we are her mind and her voice. It may be our design to calculate and to reflect, to move and to improve, to engineer and to advance, but to what end we cannot be sure. It may be our task to shout the alarm or to sing, in one chorus, a song for peace.
Together we unite in her honor. We foster the order of things, two by two. When we unite as one, charged and sharing the bliss of our union, we feel right and whole, and we know our purpose can be pleasure.
If we are to be her responsible species, we must awaken to the tale of history. Nature is teeming with endless variety and we are one with her. Yet we are also mindful and uniquely self-conscious. Only we have the
power to steer, only we have the privilege to embody hope.
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