We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost‘s familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road — the one less traveled by — offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth. — Rachel Carson
America has not heeded Rachel Carson’s prophetic words, and more than half a century later we are almost out of time to take that last and only chance. Almost. No longer can we prevent much needless destruction, but we can still avoid utter disaster.
To do so, however, we must let go of many things: ideologies, materialistic ideas about the good life, and even simple lethargy. We can do this by envisioning the kind of planet we wish for our grandchildren, and work with passion and determination toward that end.
Ours is the first generation to confront the facts of what we are doing to creation and the structures of life on which we depend. And ours is the last generation to be able to prevent utter disaster. The two roads diverge, and we need to make a sharp turn for life.
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This post focuses on humility and truth, part of the gold section of the singing wilderness spiritual map.