Welcome to the weekend, friends. It’s been a long week, but you’ve made it. For those of you celebrating the Easter holiday, Happy Easter to you. May the bunny bring you much joy, or the Post’s Peep Show competition (huge fan, here).
It’s on the note of the Easter holiday that I bring to you today’s post. I will say from the outset that I am not Catholic, therefore I rarely follow the latest and greatest coming out of the Vatican or his Holiness, the Pope. I do sometimes admire his hat and want my own version.
This week, however, the Pope made some comments that not only drew my attention, but warranted a Spinach shout out. While on holiday in northern Italy, Pope Benedict XVI took on some tough subjects, such as evolution vs. creationism. He also decided to caution us that we must listen to “the voice of the Earth” or risk perishing. Strong words. And, he didn’t stop there.
He continued on to say that, “We must respect the interior laws of creation, of this Earth, to learn these laws and obey them if we want to survive…. This obedience to the voice of the Earth is more important for our future happiness… than the desires of the moment. Our Earth is talking to us and we must listen to it and decipher its message if we want to survive,” he said.
Very wise words. And coming from the Pope, it’s clearly not an argument about liberalism vs. conservatism, environmentalism vs. skepticism, spinach loving vs. spinach hating, etc. The Pope’s words are a simple, yet strong reminder that we must take care of what we have. We must listen and observe our natural world, not burry our heads in the sand for fear of change. This fight is a fight for our future. Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance has its costs, and in the Pope’s view, the cost is survival.
So rock on, Mr. Pope. You’ve got my support on this subject and for your Popemobile.