In March, when nature is magically awakening…here is a reading that with awaken our consciences.
I received this book as a gift from Filippo Marroccoli, an inspired and sensitive plant-breeder whose work,
whose deeply respectful spirit, and whose gracious work ethics I truly admire.
Enciclica sulla cura della casa comune
di Papa Francesco
We speak of creation, richness and wastefulness, of a nature that is violated, a biodiversity that is threatened, of plants and animals that risk extinction; we talk about economic power and global interests, of responsibility and the right to life, of egocentricity and cooperation between people and nature. A mishmash of responsibilities and behaviours that can and must immediately achieve a new-found Harmony within the home we share.
From the first lines of the book:
“…faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet…
Every effort to protect and improve our world entails profound changes in “lifestyles, models of production and consumption, and the established structures of power which today govern societies
…the deterioration of nature is closely connected to the culture which shapes human coexistence.
We have forgotten that man is not only a freedom which he creates for himself. Man does not create himself. He is spirit and will, but also nature…The misuse of creation begins when we no longer recognize any higher instance than ourselves, when we see nothing else but ourselves”
This book is a concentration of simple yet powerful concepts. It is universal, all-encompassing in the sense that anyone can read it, not matter what his religion nor his beliefs are.
It is a book about truth that both hurts and cures us at the same time.
A wonderful read, meditative and suited to everyone!