If we think of our souls as sensitive sponges which absorb the external environment through our senses then is it not important to think about and observe the current state of our external environment?
If I observe our current external environment one dominant image comes to mind through the senses — humans; human beings, human structures, human roads, human transport vehicles, humans on TV, humans and more humans and human stuff — everywhere. We absorb the majority of our senses. Our sponges are simply filling up on ourselves.
Our massive presence, all seven billion of us, are also desolating the environment such that the water and air is less pure and our eyes and ears have less and less natural beauty to take in. We have less variety to take in through our senses. And is not variety of experience and variety of sensing essential to developing more colorful and bountiful souls? And if the majority of our senses are filled with ourselves, decomposing souls, then does the process naturally head towards further decomposition?
I am not trying to make an argument with statistics and figures to prove we are destroying the environment. I am not trying to prove human beings are causing global warming, ozone depletion, water pollution, species extinction, over-fished seas, top soil erosion, polluted air, or any other potential negative environmental impact through a scientific method. I am merely using my senses. I am merely listening to my soul. I am merely making the argument that the majority of our souls have significantly less potential to fill up our sponges with variety and purity.
I have a hypothesis which would be very difficult to prove, but my hypothesis is that our souls are beginning to decompose and therefore bringing the spirit and culture of the human species down past prior heights. Just as we saw the decline in the quality of art, thought, music, culture (many souls make a culture) during the dark ages before finally coming back out into the light during the Renaissance, so I believe we are now in a dark age. Although we think we are making progress through technology and advancements in knowledge of all fields, as a culture, as a group of souls, we are in fact decaying and have slipped into a cultural and spiritual abyss. Our sponges are dry and when we look for the moisture we only find decaying dry human bones. We should pay attention and learn from what gave birth to the Renaissance. Those noble souls that gave birth to the Renaissance figured out a secret as to how to get out of the dark ages. We need to learn from their example and look back before we can go forward.
And let me add this slight addition. Not only should we look back to the cultures and wisdom of the past, but also look up and out past humanity to regain perspective and get our bearings.
A final thought, inspired by reading one of my brother’s works and from another blogger…I think this quote sums up one of our problems which we need to revisit!
“And God said, Let us make man in our own image, after our own likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth (Genesis, Chapter 1-26)…over every living thing that moveth upon the earth (Genesis, Chapter 1-28).”