"We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike." ~Maya Angelou

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Sacred, Lost

My friend Pat posts a Sabbath Meditation every week, or most weeks, and they always bless me. Sometimes they are her own writings, which are lovely and profound, and sometimes they are quotes from the writings of others. The quote for this week so spoke to where my heart is, concerning the sacred and society, that I asked to copy it here for all of you. I really believe this. I do not know if we can achieve it or if very many are even concerned about our loss.

"If in recent centuries we have been victims of a model of civilization that has systematically assaulted the Earth and has led us to close our ears to the music in things and turn our backs on the majesty of the starry sky, it is because the experience of the sacredness of the universe has been lost. That is why we speak of the need for a true retrieval of the sacred. ‘Dehallowing’ has reduced the universe to something lifeless, mechanical and mathematical, and the Earth to a mere warehouse of resources made available to human beings. The word present in all things has been removed, so that human beings alone can be in charge. If we do not manage to retrace our journey and access the sacred, we will not guarantee the future of Earth. Ecology will become merely a technique for managing human voracity but never for overcoming it. The new covenant will mean only a truce so that Earth may bandage the wounds it has sustained, and then go on to be wounded again, because the pattern of relationships has not changed nor has the human mindset changed. The first step to be taken is thus to recover Earth’s sacredness, reenchantment and reverence for the universe."

– Leonardo Boff, Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor

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