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Dear Mother Earth,
The human species is but one of your many children. Unfortunately, many of us have been blinded by greed, pride, and delusion, and only a few of us have been able to recognize you as our Mother. Not realizing this, we have done you great harm, compromising both your health and your beauty. Our deluded minds push us to exploit you and create more and more discord, putting you and all your form of life under stress and strain. Looking deeply, we also recognize that you have enough patience, endurance and energy to embrace and transform all the damage we have caused, even if it takes you hundreds of millions of years. When greed and pride overtake our basic survival needs, the result is always violence and unnecessary devastation.
We understand that all things are impermanent and without a separate self-nature. There have been times when we suffered greatly as a result of natural disasters. We know that whenever we suffer, you suffer through us. The floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis aren't punishments or manifestations of your anger, but are phenomena that must occur on occasion, so that balance can be restored. In those moments, we have turned to you, dear Mother, and asked whether or not we could count on you, on your stability and compassion. You replied, "Yes, of course, you can count on your Mother. I will always be there for you." But then you said, "Dear children, you must ask yourselves, can your Mother Earth count on YOU?"
Dear Mother, today, I offer you my solemn reply, "Yes, Mother, you can count on me."
The pain that is rippling through the world at the hands of massive destruction and greed is SOO much more complicated than whether you eat meat or not. Race, politics, economics, culture, and the gap between privilege and the oppressed also play a role in this. *All things are connected* As hard as it is not to blame and rage, I believe the change we wish see begins with LOVE and HEALING- ourselves, each other, and our planet.