~ the Brandt Series ~ Fr. Charles Brandt is a hermit monk from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, who recently celebrated 64 years of ordination. At 91 years of age, his gentle activism and…
Source: FATHER CHARLES BRANDT… THE LAND AS SACRED COMMONS
In a day and age of environmental concerns, I think a post from Bruce is appropriate. It is important to keep in mind that, with each economic choice we make, there are ecological choices and consequences, some more obvious than others.
Wendell Berry writes about economy from an etymological point of view. Economy from comes from the Greek oikos, meaning to manage one’s household and is about stewardship. If we think of ourselves as living outside the environment, being a good steward seems less important. If we choose to live in the environment, being a good steward is essential to the prosperity of the world and ourselves.
To me, it is not about economy over environment. How do we understand both as interconnected, and not separate? It is not an easy question, but questions of social justice, and the environment is one, are ever easy. Being mindful and living in the moment will help.
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It seems to me that environmental issues have to be given top priority.
I agree. What has happened is they have been pushed down in favor of economics. Keeping a good house (oikos) might bring about a new undrerstanding of how the two are interrelated.
Thanks Ivon, for linking to this article by Father Charles.
You are welcome Bruce. It was an enjoyable read with much to be considered in it.
Sometimes I think mindfulness is all we can manage in these chaotic times.
You are probably right.
You maybe on to something. Just being in the moment slows the pace a bit.