Caring for Mother Earth in a perilous time of climate change is surely caring for the young. Not to care for Mother Earth—and to ignore or vote against aggressive climate change action–is adultism in action.
It is a vote against the young because it is a vote against the future health of the planet which the young and their children-to-be will inherit.
It is a vote on behalf of matricide also, a continuing hatred and ultimate control of the feminine.
The recent COP22 was a decidedly mixed and not altogether positive happening. While voting that richer countries support the poorer ones—the former far more responsible for climate change than the latter—is a plus, the follow-through remains to be seen. It will require some belt-tightening on the part of the richer countries, simpler living therefore. It will also require cutting back on fossil fuels including coal, oil and gas.
The Order of the Sacred Earth is a vision on behalf of future generations and therefore a preferential option for the young. For it, too, encourages a move beyond slow-moving institutional religion in favor of action and spiritual practice and commitment that is explicit and not hesitant about building up the health of Mother Earth and therefore future generations of humans and of other species as well.
The Cosmic Mass is also an affirmation of the young for it is a commitment to inviting the post-modern art forms of dj, vj and rap, along with dance (an ancient and pre-modern form of prayer using all our chakras) into liturgy and ritual again.
It also an option for the young to play leadership roles in ritual and ceremony because their leadership is honored as dj’s, vj’s and rap artists. Yet all generations gather and celebrate together in Cosmic Masses.
When I look back on my work I recognize many efforts to inculcate a preferential option for the young–including, of course, redesigning education so that it makes room for values, including wisdom. In contrast to mere knowledge, wisdom is part of what the feminine brings to education.
Creativity and art are central therefore to honoring the young. Art as meditation is central to pedagogy that enhances values. Just what Einstein calls for: teaching both the rational and intuitive brains, operating in tandem in order to bring values alive. (And values, he instructs us, derive from the intuitive, not the rational, brain).
Just as Hildegard of Bingen taught us, “there is wisdom in all creative works.”
See Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ,
pp. 22f., 180-186. Fox, Confessions: The Making of a Postdenominational Priest, pp. 13, 169, 320f., 327-383.
Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society, pp. 202, 279ff., 325f.
Matthew Fox, Skylar Wilson and Jen Listug, Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action.
Fox, The A.W.E. Project: Reinventing Education, Reinventing the Human.
To read a transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Queries for Contemplation
How are you practicing a “preferential option for the young?”