In a recent sermon, my minster discussed colloquial use of the word “used”. He illustrated an example of its value two thousand years ago. In those days, it was common to use things and love people. Well, have we turned that meaning around and love things and use people? What has happened with our values in today’s new modern world? Has humanity simply ignored stewardship principles for profit or is it a case where our high tech society is no longer linked to agrarian mores and values? So, in terms of Sustainability, has mankind placed to much emphasis on things without regarding the consequences to resources and ultimately our whole planet?
As Americans, we have that heritage reflected in what Theodore Roosevelt said over a century ago; “To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.”
Perhaps it was better said almost 500 years ago, regarding changing the status quo:
“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.” ~ Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (1532)