Everyone who then hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25 The rains fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been built on rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell — and great was its fall!
Larry Rasmussen writes:
"The environmental crisis" does not adequately describe what ails us. "Environment" means that which surrounds us. It is a world separate from ourselves, outside us. The true state of affairs, however, is far more interesting and intimate. The world around us is also within. We are an expression of it; it is an expression of us. We are made of it; we eat, drink, and breathe it. And someday, when dying day comes, we will each return the favor and begin our role as a long, slow meal for a million little critters. Earth is bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh. This is not "environment" so much as the holy mystery of creation, made for and by all earth's creatures together. —Larry L. Rasmussen Earth Community, Earth Ethics" 1996 Orbis Books, Maryknoll, New York page xii