No, this is not a thread to present an argument nor initiate a debate. I think that has pretty much run its course on the global warming thread. Instead, let us start with the acknowledgement that we all see creation as a gift from God. For many people, even atheists, nature is the primary place of encounter with God, thought they may not recognize as such. But, we do not live in a perfect Eden. There are practical limitations, tasks, trade offs, values to prioritize and complexities to grapple with. How about we just share some thoughts. Reflect with the Compendium as a good place to start?
The relationship of man with the world is a constitutive part of his human identity.
This relationship is in turn the result of another still deeper relationship between man and God.
The Lord has made the human person to be a partner with him in dialogue.
Only in dialogue with God does the human being find his truth, from which he draws inspiration and norms to make plans for the future of the world, which is the garden that God has given him to keep and till.
Not even sin could remove this duty, although it weighed down this exalted work with pain and suffering.
Our relationship with the world is the result of our relationship with God. Interesting! But you know, we each have to take soemthing from it (food, energy, shelter, etc) while leaving some form of waste in return. It is inevitable. And the more of us there are, the more we as a human community take and leave.
We have to dig and we have to work just to get what we need. This is our “exalted” work. Sometimes we even have to purify and refine because what the earth gives us in the raw is not suitable. But the biggest challenge is the waste that always has the potential to contaminate.
How are we to manage that?
The Compenium goes on to say:
- The biblical message and the Church’s Magisterium represent the essential reference points for evaluating the problems found in the relationship between man and the environment. The underlying cause of these problems can be seen in man’s pretension of exercising unconditional dominion over things, heedless of any moral considerations which, on the contrary, must distinguish all human activity.
The tendency towards an “ill-considered” exploitation of the resources of creation is the result of a long historical and cultural process.
“pretension of exercising unconditional dominion”
Those are very strong words! Certainly in some cases they are true. But for the most part are we not just trying to survive? Or do we all, in fact participate in that exploitation? I may have my opinions about energy resources but right now I have my lights and a/c on adn tomorrow I will be driving my truck.
What do you see as the biggest threat to the environement?