The Other Mother’s Day

English: Kelp Forest Deutsch: Fischschwärme zw...

English: Kelp Forest Deutsch: Fischschwärme zwischen Riesenkelp; vor Kalifornien; Mitte der 1980er (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Lest you all think I forgot, I know today is Earth Day. It is one of my favorite days of the year, and I was not snubbing it when I chose to write the post I did earlier today. I was merely uncertain what I wanted to write about the holiday, and was dead nuts certain how I wanted to address that other issue. So yeah, here is my Earth Day post for 2013. The “other” Mother’s Day, when those of us with a lick of sense pay respect to the mom we all share: Mother Earth (or Terra, Jord, Gaea, or whatever else you care to call her.)

There are so many ways to look at this day. First and foremost it should be a celebration of a movement to both save us from our own success and to keep the pristine places of the world such. There are those who would have us ignore the danger we put ourselves in by ignoring the fact that we rely on the environment for our own well-being, and the folks who put themselves out there, sometimes risking their freedom, sometimes risking their careers, and always opening themselves up to ridicule from a paternalistic corporate class that claims to know what is best for us deserve a little recognition on this day. Thank you guys for putting yourselves out there for Mom.

I also like to think of this as a birthday celebration. Sure we cannot know, yet (though who knows in the future, we may be able to use our knowledge of geology and celestial mechanics like forensic scientists) the exact day of her birth, so why not just pick an arbitrary date? It seems to work for most religions. So yeah, today let us say: happy birthday Ma, you look good for 4.6 billion years old! It’s the least she deserves.

Lest someone think this agnostic is getting overly metaphysical, I want to point out I am being merely metaphorical, like most in the environmental movement. In many ways this blue marble of ours is our mother. She protects us. Her magnetic field and ozone layer protect we fragile Homo sapiens from Sol’s fury. She provides for us, giving us so many other life forms to give us sustenance and oxygen. She entertains and inspires us. Her sunsets, rain forests, endless biodiversity, and yes, even her natural disasters move us to write, paint, sing, sculpt, and learn.

So please, take today to reflect on what we lose when we treat her poorly. She isn’t going anywhere, but like any parent, abuse her enough and she may kick us out. She will endure, with or without human life, or even life at all (Mars is beautiful without it, as stated by Alan Moore, and proven by the rovers we have sent.) I would, however, prefer to keep us going, to enjoy everything she has to offer, and share her, and each other, in peace.




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