The Prince of Wales has said that the west has been ‘de-souled’ by consumerism. The financial and environmental crises are the outward consequences of a deep inner crisis of the soul. In this world of limited resources, we look for continuous ‘growth’ measured by our desire and ability to consume! We abuse the generosity of Mother Nature and Mother Earth in so many ways. Is it any wonder then that depression is an illness of the affluent societies and is on the rise? Christmas is a perfect reminder of this fact. The world population is expected to exceed 9 million in less than 4 decades. Unless we learn to honour ourselves and this planet, how are we going to share our resources and live peacefully?
The Sailing Ship
– Bishop Charles Henry Brent (1862-1929)
‘What is dying?
I am standing on the seashore.
A ship sails to the morning breeze and starts for the ocean.
She is an object and I stand watching her
Till at last she fades from the horizon,
And someone at my side says, “She is gone!” Gone where?
Gone from my sight, that is all;
She is just as large in the masts, hull and spars as she was when I saw her,
And just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination.
The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her;
And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “She is gone”,
There are others who are watching her coming,
And other voices take up a glad shout,
“There she comes” – and that is dying.’
Sleep in heavenly peace my ‘Jaan’.