1. a spiritual being believed to act as an attendant, agent, or messenger of God.
“So let the Earth give testimony.”
I was raised in Santa Barbara. Most of my earliest and therefore strongest influences, were based on my native Hawaiian Culture‚Äôs perception of man‚Äôs place in the world, and the catch all of SB culture‚Äôs budding eco consciousness, and the science based tenets of our University and College.
But one of the most basic of principals, and something upon which my work is founded, came not from my social and cultural mores, it actually was planted in me at conception. No one really understands how life generates. For lack of any more accurate descriptive terminology, we call the impetus that creates life, the hand of God.
Man is unique in all that walks, swims and flies the Earth. He has a level of power to affect his environment. He is a minor architect fashioned in facsimile to a grand Architect. It is why we are so cognizant of beauty, and as our culture grows away from its native tribal roots, where we lived close to the land, this beauty can serve to bring our attention back to our primary essence. That is a very important aspect to having a healthy culture and society.
We reside in the most complex of systems. Recently, man has developed a computer that has exceeded the computational power of the human brain. We are capable of affecting Spaceship Earth either in a positive, or negative manner on a greater level than ever before in our history.
We parachute into this spinning, wonderous blue ball, and become someone.
Then we leave, small and great.¬† Each one of us has that in common.
The Earth was made for us. As a citizen of this place, residing in a country whose very Constitution recognizes the tenet of being under God, I have a great respect for our responsibility to reflect and nurture through stewardship, this amazing planet.
But here is the really great thing about this place: it goes on, whether we affect it positively or not. That is how God designed it. The Earth gives a living testimony to His Sovereignty.¬† Science bases much on the Law of Entropy, which is the progression of things towards disorder. Mankind is one of the only creatures that I am aware of, that can actually have some affect on Entropy, yet true affect is relatively minor, when put in a global scale, or geological timeline, for humanity.
But whether we choose to act as responsible passengers or not, the spaceship will arrive somewhere some day, with an entirely new crew.¬† So what is important to you? How do you fit in? What is your role?¬† In a season, there will be new flowers growing. Each a blossom unto itself.
Here is a link to a demo reel that I did awhile back. It is very illustrative of our Earth.
It pays to know who is in charge.¬† All the rest is just the short strokes.
David Fortson of Loatree motivated this post. He is a catalyst for change and sustainable thinking.
Click on any of the images in the Gallery for a larger view. I did this edit as an Earthday Homage. It is a sliver of what I see, in any given moment, in my passage on this ship.