We borrow the earth from our children

October 23, 2017

Thanks to Don Flood for reminding us "that the trumped-up national anthem issue was infinitely less pressing than other problems we face."

We can't let Mr. Trump's antics - or reactions to them - deflect our attention and energy from real problems, perhaps the most serious being the challenge of climate change. The crisis in Puerto Rico and the disastrous fires in California are symptomatic of that underlying problem.

Yet we have people wanting to "debate" about climate change. That's a luxury we can't afford. Instead of indulging in self-vindicating claim and counter-claim, shouldn't we be talking about what we should be doing to care for the Earth? Pope Francis' letter "Laudato Si'" has provided a very constructive agenda, for one.

Debatable? Maybe. I like the Jeff Pett cartoon, "What if it's a big hoax and we create a better world for nothing?" As the saying goes, "We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children." I'm a grandfather, and I believe in paying my debts.

Leonard Bowman


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