“So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1, 27-28 (NIV)
On Earth Day, it seems important to remember our role on earth. When environmental pacts and treaties may be neglected, we need to remember that we were to rule. And a hint of part of that rule is to properly manage with sensitivity to the environment. Proper management yields far more prosperity than pillaging ever will.
We certainly are doing a good job as a species of filling the Earth, with extreme conditions and the ocean being some of the few exceptions. Are we doing a good job of remembering that subdue does not have to mean rape? It can mean to cultivate or to work with the environment. The bible gives us a clue that this may be the original intention where we find Adam and Eve working in a garden.
A question rings in my mind this Earth Day. What am I doing in my life to help cultivate the environment and make it a better place rather than destroy it?
“We must take care of our garden.” -Voltaire in Candide