25/June/2007 Filed in: Jottings
The rain has been sweeping across the Downs for forty-eight hours, and there are sad little groups of pigeons seeking shelter in the garden. Normally, I have no sympathy for pigeons, but it is difficult to remain hard-hearted in the face of so much damp misery. Is this Climate Change or merely one of those changes in climate that have occurred regularly throughout history? And why do we talk about saving "our" planet as though we owned it? I like St Benedict's concept of stewardship and his reverence for all that is. When he tells the cellarer (bursar) to look after everything as though it were a sacred altar vessel, he got it exactly right. We do need to treat everything with care, but we don't need to get complicated about it, and we certainly don't need to claim ownership. We are at best tenants with a repairing lease.