“In recent years Western governments had been noisy about terrorism, about standing tall and facing down the threat; but the threat never seemed to understand that it was being faced down, and continued much as before. Those in the middle got killed; governments and terrorists survived.” -A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes.
When I walk through the park looking at all of nature’s beauty around me, when I look at the squirrels eating pine nuts and chasing each other up and down trees and around all the fallen foliage I can’t help wondering ” Does nature know we are burning the world to the ground”?
James Baldwin ends his book The Fire Next Time powerfully with the Noah prophecy from a slave song God gave Noah the rainbow sign, No more water, the fire next time! Baldwin prophetically warning that if man cannot end his racial hatred and I would add sectarianism, xenophobia and just good old fashioned hatred of anything other or slightly different from ourselves God will choose to destroy his evil creation with fire and brimstone. The irony of man, living in fear of a vengeful God destroying the earth when we are doing it both figuratively and literally for him. The hubris of man leaving us disconnected from God, each other and nature. There’s no need for God to rain down fire, first the bees will go then we will soon follow.
Of course it’s not so bleak as that because after the flood God actually did not say he would use fire next time, he actually established a covenant with creation saying the opposite.
” Then the Lord said in His heart. ‘I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done” God in his perfectness chose to love his imperfect creation. The only way we can have hope for tomorrow is to today push back against the hateful rhetoric coming from some political leaders, read republicans, and from those that would use God, falsely, to hate, divide and murder. We, like God, have to acknowledge and see our connectedness to each other and to the earth. To love each other as we do ourselves.