Caring for ecosystems demands far-sightedness, since no one looking for quick and easy profit is truly interested in their preservation. But the cost of the damage caused by such selfish lack of concern is much greater than the economic benefits to be obtained. Where certain species are destroyed or seriously harmed, the values involved are incalculable. We can be silent witnesses to terrible injustices if we think that we can obtain significant benefits by making the rest of humanity, present and future, pay the extremely high costs of environmental deterioration.

Pope Francis
from Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home


9 comments on “Far-sightedness

  1. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Every time I hear this man, I feel hope build in my heart.

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  2. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, I’m encouraged that folks both at high levels and bottom level grass roots are getting more interested in care for the planet. Ravaging the globe for the almighty dollar will only work for a time. I’m not sure what it will take to make a big swing in the way we use the planet’s resources. It depends on who a person listens to whether it’s very near or farther away. Both agree that this country has to go through a reset. It’s not if but when. Normally, it takes a country’s economy three months to reset but in today’s economy all countries are connected. Who knows how long that will take to reset. Most economists will say the longer we try to prop it up the longer it will take to reset when it happens. Not good news but for those that are some what growing their own food, not severely bad news either.

    Have a great far-sighted day.


    • Bill says:

      I didn’t have this quote in mind when I posted today about what’s being done in Brazil to grow soybeans for China, but it’s right on point. In your words, “ravaging the globe for the almighty dollar.”


  3. Well said! ❤
    Diana xo


  4. Seeking Joyful Simplicity says:

    I am hoping that we have reached a tipping point in our cultural thinking. My herbalist teacher and mentor Kathleen believes that we are on the cusp of a radical change in our collective consciousness. We are changing from a culture consumed by “I” to a collective consciousness concerned with “We”. The we includes all the creatures of the earth.

    Rudolph Steiner talked about this consciousness in the development of individuals – as infants we are the center of the universe and only preoccupied with satisfying our basics needs for nourishment and comfort, versus a well-adjusted adult who learns to consider the needs of others before themselves. Steiner believes humanity is evolving in a similar way.

    Although I don’t agree with much of Steiner’s philosophies, because to me many times the “primitive cultures” show a greater concern for community and respect for the earth.

    At any rate, I do feel a sense of hope when I consider the Pope’s messages.


    • Bill says:

      I am hopeful too. Even as Big Ag grows ever bigger and wealthier, there is a growing rebellion against their practices and products. I’m encouraged by young people at the farmers market, and I’m encouraged by the Pope. I think the message is catching on.

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