By Roger Fontaine, 2011
Most of you have seen or read the story or banner about ‘Footprints’ in the sand, for those of you who have not I will summarize the story to lead to my point.
The main character in the story is a Christian (follower of Jesus) disappointed with God, upon reviewing his life, as he sees only one set of footprints in the sand, and bemoans to Jesus that he had felt alone and abandoned even though Jesus had said through the Gospels that He would walk with him throughout his life and especially during the difficult times.
Jesus had answered:
” the reason you saw only one set of footprints in the sand is because I was carrying you during those difficult times even when you thought I had abandoned you”.
It was this story which came to mind as I reflected on the importance or significance of which kind or size of footprint we leave in this world after we’ve passed. It is popular among the ‘green followers’ and ‘eco-conscious’ to speak about leaving as little a carbon footprint as we can so that Mother Earth can regenerate and be restored to a more balanced ecosphere.
The Buddhists also speak of leaving a miniscule footprint on the planet in the sense of having left a positive imprint on mother-nature without having killed or wounded any sentient beings, and having contributed to raising the level of happiness of Humanity. The Buddhist practitioner is constantly mindful of the inter-connectedness of all ‘atomic’ beings, believing in the existence of an instrinsic life-force or prana within all ‘atomic’ beings.
I emphasize the use of the term ‘atomic’ because any earthly element which is atomic contains within it the life-force or pranic essence of life; from the mineral and crystalline elemental realm to the vegetative plant realm into the animal and human realms.
All three realms are progressive, evolutionary, and depend on the one below or before it for its continuance. (ref. Ken Wilber- A brief history of Everything)
The Human realm cannot exist without the realms which came before it: animal, vegetative, mineral, elemental.
I guess what I’m pointing to is to the presence of human production which is littering and polluting the planet, from non-biodegradable oil by-products being the most damaging , esp. In plastics found in complex objects which cannot be destroyed without environmental poisoning as a by-product; and, followed next by the airborne and waterborne chemical pollutants which cause disease and death prematurely to living organisms in water, land, and air, from probiotics, to nature, to fish, to birds, to animals, and to humans.
Then there is the cultural production of waste which is growing with the advent of technology and storage devices for words, ideas, music, and art. Some of these products stored on paper will dissolve with time and be recycled but not the vinyl and poly-chromate/ polyvinyl cd’s, dvd’s, records, and videodisks which dot the landscape.
The ideological or cultural significance of these products will be determined by time and historical rendering of these artifacts hundreds and thousands of years into the future by our descendants.
However, the planet will be transformed and recycled during that time. With better political control over economic pollution the global warming can be slowed.
It is unrealistic to believe that it can be reversed because the political and social forces which control economic development won’t allow it to happen. The dominance of oil in global economies will not be transformed quickly or globally because of national political interests and economic interests.
Our own Canadian government in 2011 in South Africa, has withdrawn its support of the Kyoto pollution reduction levels which were agreed to, and never met, 20 years earlier. Their reasoning is that Canada, one of the largest polluters in the world, need not reduce its carbon footprint while only 26% of the rest of the world is also contributing to the effort.
The 5% of the wealthiest who control the means of production and of pollution will not relinquish their power to save the planet, as irrational as that conclusion may seem. All they see is their little back yard and the ‘bottom line’.
There is need to leave a footprint on our globe when we leave. It must contain the remnants of our voice opposing those who threaten the future of our planet and who continue to pursue self-interest accumulation of wealth at the expense of the lives of the poor, the indigent, and the challenged: physically, mentally or otherwise.
The footprint must provide sustenance for future generations who will look back and find our roots, our tools, and our prescriptions for a better tomorrow where all life is respected, where the elements of earth, water, fire, air, and ether are integrated into social planning, and where the manifestation of abundance destroys the poverty consciousness of the masses and shifts wealth distribution which currently benefits the few.
Lastly may our personal spiritual practice be joined to the millions of other journeyers on this path towards enlightenment and illumination.
To my satguru Master Choa Kok Sui, Lord Mahaguruji Mei Ling, also known as Lord Padma Sambhava
Blessings to all, namaste atma