Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Seven Pillars of the Joy of New Life ... but where does Nature come in?


Collective referendum, consultation, decision are all
by mankind alone, sans all creatures on earth.
  

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog [avrotor.blogspot.com]
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class Monday to Friday



This editorial cartoon, The Joy of New Life, accompanies the editorial Still Poor, PDI March 21, 2016, following Easter Sunday. 

What role has environment to The Joy of New Life, 
and to the state of being Still Poor"?

Poverty undermines the pillars of truly a happy life;
it creates its own world apart. 

Anthropocentric regard of human supremacy over
all creatures, itself is an ecological crisis.

Man re-shapes the Earth at will for his needs
and wants disguised as values.

Education for literacy, justice for equality, freedom
as right are licenses to anthropocentrism. 

Dignity sets man on a pedestal, lord and master  
of all creation, rational and supreme.

Who enthroned man with such power, but a god 
he claims the source of his power.   

Self-anointed, he wills as his god wills, acts in his behalf,
in an authoritarian rule.

Collective referendum, consultation, decision are all 
by mankind alone, sans all creatures on earth.    

Who stops him from cutting down whole forests,
dam rivers, level mountains? 

All in pursuit of progress, in the name of civilization,
for wealth, comfort and happiness.

And mankind covers the earth, aims at the universe,
challenges now the god in his mind.

And reasons out, rationality after all justifies
both good and evil, acts as amoral.

Deserts expand, land, air and water foul with waste,
"Tragedy of the commons" breeds war.

Nations break up, millions in exodus to nowhere, 
where there was once progress.

Where there was once a paradise, a golden city
in its place, now also gone. 
 
What role has environment to The Joy of New Life, 
and to the state of being Still Poor"? ~

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