What’s the big deal?
“See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these.…So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.” Matthew 6
What really matters? I don’t know about you, but my life is a constant balancing act between my work, getting children to the next activity, getting food on the table and the kids upstairs early enough for reading time. And then there’s the kitchen table. Clearing it of the junk everyone leaves on it, or my inability to do so, sometimes seems the most important thing of all. What, of what we do, and of what we don’t get the time to do, really matters?
Similarly, with our government and all in powerful positions. When they err, we complain about their corruption, their lies, their immorality. And, of course, our leaders do have a duty to lead in an ethical and responsible manner. But if they make decisions that help the viability of our planet in the long term, then in my opinion, how they conduct their private lives is not such a big deal.
And when weighing up different energy generation options, there are disadvantages with all of them. Are some more harmful than others, though? Carbon emissions are setting in motion irreversible changes in the earth’s life-support system. Do the drawbacks of adding to them trump the aesthetic issues of renewables? Which of these two problems is really a big deal?
The newspapers and TV screens will be telling us that what really matters is our looks, our wealth, our sex appeal, our popularity. Remember: we don’t have to agree with them. We can choose to look at the bigger picture, and make decisions based upon what is best for others, our true happiness, and in the longer term.