If people destroy something irreplaceable made by mankind, they are called vandals; if they destroy something irreplaceable make by God they are called developers.Joseph Wood Krutch (quoted in David R Loy, Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis, p. 16)
You may be wondering why I am banging on about this at such length. Why does it matter that God is “not an alien will but an affirming source”?
It matters because we are killing the planet, our only home, and we will not stop. It is not looking good. Technological solutions short of radical restraint are not going to save us. Our only hope is a change of heart and mind, of understanding and relationship, a conversion, a waking up. Metanoia.
It matters because it asserts that God is the source. I don’t have to be.
It matters because it asserts that Love is our source – what we are made of.
It matters because it asserts that we belong here. I am home. I have arrived.
It matters because it asserts that the actuality of our being is all the justification we need.
It matters because it asserts that we are good enough.
It matters because it asserts that we have enough.
It matters because it asserts that we are enough. I lack nothing.
It matters because if we really knew, in our blood, bones, and bowels, that God is our affirming source, we would be able to give up the exaggerated attachment to getting and spending, to power and control, to affection and esteem, to safety and survival, to possessions, to entertainment, to food and drink, to drugs, to noise, to more, and to the legion of ways we try to stake a claim in the world and to silence the terror of our perceived emptiness.
It matters because if we knew all this we would stop and breathe and give thanks.
It matters because this is more than we have ever hoped for.
[Follow this with Part five: Relationship]