Joy at Christmas Time

Today our media-made world is overwhelmed with reports of tragedy, horror and mindless stupidity. Greed, sectarianism and lust for power have created chaos in human relationships, family, ethnic, political. The necessity for stewardship of our Earth has been largely neglected. As a result, life on Earth is endangered. The age of Science with its discovery of chaos in the cosmos has only deepened the mystery of what life is all about.

Just before Christmas the American President is impeached for his habit of lying. We approach the new millennium with blackness covering our planet.

Yes, we live in a terrible time. In spite of all our scientific progress and increase in knowledge, which should provide a good life for all our world, it is filled with danger, suffering, fear and despair.

But all that is needed to turn this about is a vision of the new possibilities now available. All that is needed is for Earth's people and institutions to proclaim they will now think and act as trustees of Earth. For this purpose they will adopt policies of justice and responsibility and get busy eliminating pollution, poverty and violence. A moral equivalent of World War II would quickly bring an exciting future of wonder and joy.

I write these words with concern for how we can resurrect respect for the truth and achieve Earth's rejuvenation. Suddenly the radio brings to my attention, "Joy to the world, the Lord is come." I turn on the TV to Channel 13 where there is a Christmas Special with the Opera Star, Jesse Norman. Moving songs about the Star of Bethlehem and the Babe in a Manger are followed by "I Believe." "I believe that every time I see a new born baby cry, or touch a leaf, or see the sky, then I know why I believe."

For whatever reason, life remains a great mystery. But those who make the most of it are those who see a star, follow it, and respond to the wonder they find with respect and love in all they do. Here is a challenge to all who wish well for the future. Follow the star.

John McConnell
Earth Trustees, Inc.
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June 6, 2005