Consecutive Days Riding: 6 Consecutive Days Blogging: 7
Today’s Mileage: 12 Total Trip Mileage: 56
So far on my Blog journey I have not hit a “topic wall/block.” I’m sure it happens, as it occurs with creative individuals all the time (staring at a blank sheet of paper and no words or images visit you). However, as my sons have reminded me at times, as well as my students when they keep checking their watches as I near the end of my lectures, I am not a man of few words. What is a blessing for me, as a teacher, writer, artist and now blogger, can be a curse for those who are part of my “captive” audiences. In the blogosphere you are of course free to click your self away from my words and images. So I am free to let my words and images ebb and flow across your screen.
As I climbed onto my stationary bike this morning I had several topics in mind, however, moments before the ride I became aware that today is the third annual Action Blog Day sponsored by the online community Gaia.com. The topic this year is Climate Change. So I decided to speak to what I see as the Spiritual Perogative behind our concern for climate change as I ride pass Marathon Florida heading north. I know that discussions of climate change can touch on raw nerves in many social circles. I have recently been excited to read about growing interest within the American Evangelical movement for the issue of climate change. I feel this bodes well for the prospect of some future effort to first lessen and then reverse the negative effects we humans are having on this lovely planet we call home. The more religious communities who see this as a spiritual issue, the closer we are to making a concerted effort to address it.
As a world citizen, as a scientist, as an artist, and as a spiritual being I DO feel that climate change is real and headed in a destructive direction. I do not think it is too late, but we are letting precious times slip by, time that we can not reclaim. How do I see this as a Spiritual issue? I view and define our human spirituality as a manifestation of our deep need/desire for connectedness. Like the Existentialist philosophers, I believe that we strive to be connected on three levels. We strive to connect with all of the parts of ourselves (our roles and memories), leading to a sense of an integrated Self wholeness. We strive to connect with other human beings, leading to intimate personal relationships and group/community membership. Lastly, we strive to connect with something greater then ourselves, something that transcend our personal struggles/pains and those of our social groups, this leads people to seek out transcendent experiences. This can be found in divine beings, mystical experiences, scientific awe and mystery, and the beauty and power of nature. Using this conceptualization, it’s easy to see how ignoring the third link can and does lead to the “rape” and destruction of our planet, for economic and/or political reasons.
How can anyone who has been truly touched by the divine/transcendental aspects of life not feel pained at the human scars we are inflicting on the planet. I love to walk through nature, listen to it’s voice, capture it’s beauty and wisdom in words and images. I can not ignore the scars, which is why I speak out and reach out looking for a community of like minded individuals… please join me!
Another day, another twelve miles on the bike! Thanks you for joining me on my ride I hope you will visit again… I’ll be here.
A special thanks to the photographers associated with Panramio for the beautiful scenes from along the roadside.