On Saturday we meditated on “cataclysms.” There are plenty in circulation these days.
Consider the fact that the previous president knowingly and in a premeditated way translated the “Big Lie” into an assault on the capitol because he was not man enough to admit he lost an election. And how many millions he has suckered into his lie, many of whom are committed to upending our election apparatus and safeguards in another assault on democracy at least as dangerous as that of January 6.
And the lengths he and his followers went to invade the nation’s capital, seek to disrupt the electoral process by violent means, and convince millions that the last election was bogus with the result that now 291 politicians are on the ballot for November 8 who themselves stand for election denial. And, if elected, will implement some of the 400 hundred plus new laws proposing the end of democracy as we know it.
It is easy to be more in love with hate than with healing the nation’s wounds.
This past week Hate was again front and center. Alex Jones, radio personality in the mode of Rush Limbaugh, after years of making millions of dollars attacking families whose small children were murdered at Sandy Hooks, received a court ruling demanding he pay close to one billion dollars in restitution. His response? More hate.
Hate leads to violence—consider the events of January 6 and the ex-president’s friends like Roger Stone and Steven Brannon calling for just that before the event.
Another lie loudly penetrating our politics is the denial of climate change and the suffering of Mother Earth. That is why matricide is a word worth meditating on, praying about and acting on asap.
Speaking of matricide and cataclysms, I received a note recently from Kristal Parks, a friend who has lived in Africa and is very dedicated to saving elephants from extinction.* Her news is sobering and it shows how what is happening in the animal world at the hands of humans parallels very much what humans are doing to one another, whether in Ukraine or at the nation’s capital or in the current election. She writes:
I’ve done the research and the math. . . elephants face extinction in 12 years if the poaching (for ivory) and killing (for revenge by farmers) and the drought don’t stop.
I can not bear the thought of a world without Elephant. The Massai and Samburu tribes of Kenya told me that if elephants go extinct, humans will lose their soul and go crazy.
One of my colleagues in Kenya told me once that “you have a noble dream to save elephants.”
I feel driven to do all I can before it is too late.
See Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, “Your Mother is Dying,” pp. 11-34.
And Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society.
To read a transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Queries for Contemplation
Do you recognize a “cataclysm” on the horizon toward democracy in America? And the “cataclysm” toward Mother Earth and her marvelous creatures, elephants among them? Are you feeling “driven to do all you can before it is too late”?
The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance
In what may be considered the most comprehensive outline of the Christian paradigm shift of our Age, Matthew Fox eloquently foreshadows the manner in which the spirit of Christ resurrects in terms of the return to an earth-based mysticism, the expression of creativity, mystical sexuality, the respect due the young, the rebirth of effective forms of worship—all of these mirroring the ongoing blessings of Mother Earth and the recovery of Eros, the feminine aspect of the Divine.
“The eighth wonder of the world…convincing proof that our Western religious tradition does indeed have the depth of imagination to reinvent its faith.” — Brian Swimme, author of The Universe Story and Journey of the Universe.
Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society
Visionary theologian and best-selling author Matthew Fox offers a new theology of evil that fundamentally changes the traditional perception of good and evil and points the way to a more enlightened treatment of ourselves, one another, and all of nature. In comparing the Eastern tradition of the 7 chakras to the Western tradition of the 7 capital sins, Fox allows us to think creatively about our capacity for personal and institutional evil and what we can do about them.
“A scholarly masterpiece embodying a better vision and depth of perception far beyond the grasp of any one single science. A breath-taking analysis.” — Diarmuid O’Murchu, author of Quantum Theology: Spiritual Implications of the New Physics