Yoga Teacher, Amateur Cyclist, and Clergy
“The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity — in all this vastness — there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It’s been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”
We don’t have anywhere else to go. No other planet in the solar system is a suitable home for human beings. It’s this world or nothing. That’s a very powerful perception and, so again we’re messing around the global environment in a very serious, very stupid way. It’s not enough to say that corporations can do whatever they want as long as they make a profit, not if they’re putting at risk people all over the world. They can’t.
I think there’s a certainly a chance of us getting out of this mess, but not by business as usual. Not by the idea that we shouldn’t plan ahead. Not by the idea that anybody can do whatever the hell they want and it doesn’t affect the environment. So, there has to be a new way of looking at the future and that is that we are all humans and that we are the same species on one fragile little planet.
We are all in this together, and we have to work together.”
“A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are one planet. One of the great revelations of the age of space exploration is the image of the earth finite and lonely, somehow vulnerable, bearing the entire human species through the oceans of space and time.”