To Mother or Not To Mother- our Global Responsibility to Care for the Planet
On Mother’s Day- a reminder to all that the word “mother” has quite a few meanings and uses. Today, in addition to our gratitude owed to our own mothers, we remember that our planet is often referred to as “mother earth.” One definition of “mother as a verb is: “to care for or protect like a mother; act maternally toward.” When we think about our global treatment of this planet- it’s soil, atmosphere, water, and it’s fragile and beautiful people, how do our global “mothering” skills measure up?
I’ve loved these photos for several years now because they show a simplistic example of how the sea can swallow up life- a rising sea and changing tide in the Indian ocean lapping away at the roots of a single tree, leading to its death. In the space of a few minutes, I watched a human being acknowledge the demise of the tree and as he hacked at its remaining branches, offering each branch back to the water, one by one.
(Notice the cement wall in the photos, an obvious symbol of strength and boundary. Yet even the wall is degrading and decaying with each smashing wave. The sandbags help to protect people and sand from the sea.)