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Rush to Riches. The Curse of Plenty. Dedicated to Noah. I establish My covenant with you and with every living creature. (Compassion) I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth. (Conservation) Genesis 9: 8 -11. Blessed are you poor

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Rush to riches

Rush to Riches

The Curse of Plenty

Dedicated to noah

Dedicated to Noah

I establish My covenant with you and with every living creature. (Compassion)

I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth. (Conservation)

Genesis 9: 8 -11

Blessings curses luke 6 20 26

Blessed are you poor

Blessed are you who hunger now

Blessed are you who weep now

Blessed are you when men hate you, exclude you, revile you

Woe to you who are rich

Woe to you who are full

Woe to you who laugh now

Woe to you when all men speak well of you

Blessings & Curses = Luke 6: 20-26

Earth a sacred balance
Earth – A Sacred Balance

Nature is at our disposal not as “a heap of scattered refuse”, but as a gift of the Creator who has given it an inbuilt order, enabling man to draw from it the principles needed in order. CV 4, 48

Pope benedict xvi
Pope Benedict XVI

“The Church has a responsibility towards creation and she must assert this responsibility in the public sphere. In so doing, she must defend earth, water and air as gifts of creation that belong to everyone.” CV 4, 51

Our story compared to job
Our Story Compared to Job

  • It tells the story of man who losses everything; Wealth, Family, Health

  • And wrestles with the question “WHY?”

    “Why did I not die at Birth? Why did I did not perish when I came from the womb?”

    Job 3: 11-12

Three unkind friends or scientists
Three Unkind Friends or Scientists

  • Eliphaz the Temanite (Geologist)

  • Bildad the Shuhite (Cosmologist)

  • Zophar the Naamathite (Ecologist)

  • Job 2: 11

Curse on lithosphere land
Curse on Lithosphere (Land)

Sister Earth – St. Francis

Be Praised, My Lord, through Our Sister Mother Earth, who sustains and guides us and produces diverse fruits with colored flowers and herbs

Disrupting the sacred balance
Disrupting the Sacred Balance

When land does well for its owner, and the owner does well by his land; we have Sacred Balance. When one or the other grows poor, we do not. (Aldo Leopold)

Violations on land ethics
Violations on Land Ethics

  • Land Ethics means harmony between men and land.

  • The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land

Curse of plenty renewable and non renewable
Curse of Plenty Renewable and Non Renewable

  • Plants, animals, microbes, medicinal plants

  • Fresh water, fish, climate, air, fertile soil

  • Fossil fuel, coal, oil, peat, natural gas

  • Metals, iron ore, gold, copper, aluminum

  • Rocks, sand, precious stones

Curse on hydrosphere water
Curse on Hydrosphere (Water)

  • Sister Water – St. Francis

  • Be praised my Lord, through Sister Water, who is very useful and humble and precious and pure

Industry and globalization
Industry and Globalization

  • The requirements of justice must be safeguarded … in which the capital was generated and the harm to individuals that will result if it is not used where it was produced, without making a real contribution to local society CV 3, 40

Populorum progressio
Populorum Progressio

Today the material resources available for rescuing these peoples from poverty are potentially greater than before, but they have ended up largely in the hands of people from developed countries, who have benefited more. (Pope Paul VI)

Curse on atmosphere air
Curse on Atmosphere (Air)

  • Brother Wind – St. Francis

  • Be praised, my Lord, through Brother Wind, and through Air and Cloud and fair and all Weather by which you nourish all that you have made

Curse on biosphere life
Curse on Biosphere (Life)

  • Brothers and Sisters – St Francis

  • Same Origin – God

  • Adenine, Guanine, Thymine, Cytosine

    “From the dust of the earth, from the common elementary fund, the Creator has made Homo sapiens. From the same material he has made every other creature, however noxious and insignificant to us. They are earth-born companions and our fellow mortals.”John Muir

A kingdom of life is the kingdom of god curse on the kingdom of god
A Kingdom of Life is The Kingdom of God Curse on the Kingdom of God

  • Kingdom of God is Creation itself

  • 1. The Kingdom of Monera

  • 2. The Kingdom of Protista

  • 3. The Kingdom of Fungi

  • 4. The Kingdom of Plantae

  • 5. The Kingdom of Animalia

Rush to riches
One Magic Word – SacrificeThere is no greater love than lay down one’s life for one’s friends – John 15:13

Human population
Human Population

  • Neolithic, 10,000 years – 3 million

  • Christ’s time, 2000 years – 200 million

  • 1800 – 1 billion

  • 1930 – 2 billion

  • 1950 – 2.5 billion

  • 1995 – 5.7 billion

  • 2010 – 6.5 billion

  • 2050 – 9 billion

  • 2100 – 10 billion

Generational markers
Generational Markers

  • The Traditionalists 1928 to 1945

  • The Baby Boomers 1945 to 1964 - taken with them much of the wealth of the next generations

  • The Generation X 1965 to 1979

  • The Generation Y 1980to 1995

  • The Generation Z 1995 and after

Hunters and gatherers
Hunters and Gatherers

  • “Ecosystem People" (hunters) sustainably with environment

  • “Biosphere People" (gatherers) exploit resources from other environments

  • Bad news is “gatherers” on the rise

Job 3 25 26
Job 3: 25-26

“For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me. And what I dreaded has happened to me. I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes”

The premonition
The Premonition

  • Man’s attempt to reach the moon and send special ships such as Voyager 1 out of the solar system as the manifestation of the premonition of the collective unconscious about oncoming extinction. The will to live leads us to discover ways of survival beyond the earth.

Five mass extinctions
Five Mass Extinctions

  • Sister Death – St. Francis

  • Plate Tectonics

  • Ice Age

  • Volcanoes

  • Earthquakes

  • Tsunamis

  • Asteroids and Meteorites

  • Man the Meteor (The Sixth Mass Extinction)

Genesis 6 5 7
Genesis 6: 5-7

  • The Lord saw how bad the people on Earth were and that everything they thought and planned was evil. He was very sorry that he had made them, and he said, “I’ll destroy every living creature on Earth! I’ll wipe out people, animals, birds and reptiles. I’m sorry I ever made them.”

Luke 12 17 19 rich fool
Luke 12: 17-19 – Rich Fool

  • And he thought within himself, saying, “What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?” (Greed)

  • So he said, “I will do this” I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.” (Science and Technology)

  • And I will say to my Soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” (Anthropocentric Motives)

Luke 12 20
Luke 12: 20

"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'

Job 4 6 7
Job 4: 6-7

“For affliction does not come from the dust. Nor does trouble spring from the ground. Yet man is born to ‘trouble.”

Man the meteor centesimus annus
Man the Meteor - Centesimus Annus

  • Instead of carrying out his role as a co-operator with God in the work of creation, man sets himself up in place of God and thus ends up provoking a rebellion on the part of nature, which is more tyrannized than governed by him…. (37)

Man the most poisonous dangerous
Man- The Most Poisonous & Dangerous

  • Some time ago it was reported that the New York Zoo had a sign on a cage in the ape section, headed, "The Most Dangerous and Poisonous Animal in the World." As the passersby would look into the cage they saw their own image reflected in a mirror.

Romans 14 17
Romans 14:17  have!

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”