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In the Beginning: Earth

NASA Blue Marble 2007 West captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA’s Terra satellite in July 2004. Original from NASA. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

In the beginning was the earth, then came the human animal in the book of Genesis.  In my mind, considering the sense that we are of the earth, I have been mulling over the earth not so much as our mother but as the firstborn which I think could work whether your foundation is evolution or creationism.

As narrative ecopsychology is the study of story and our relationship with the earth, ecopsychology is, as the study of that relationship, often considered more spiritual or of spirit and ritual than science.  This is likely why I study it and why I have often thought of studying theology.  The Bible is seen as literature, a creation myth, or as a foundation of faith.  I consider my exploration as a growth opportunity and a chance to reconcile or consider what I believe about stewardship and the teachings I have already received.

Think about it though, earth as the first born…sibling…elder…the one charged with caring for us when we cannot care for ourselves.  Earth is the one who must do without as we, the younger sibling, may be spoiled and getting our way… until such time as our older sibling rebels.  Just a thought.  From an older sibling.

What role does the earth play in your work life?

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