The Earth is an omnipresent touchstone of reality for our people. We spend much time examining “data” and entertaining “opinions,” but little time touching reality. Touch the Earth to know what is real.
Speak to the Earth. When you speak to anything, you give tribute. You pay attention, and that is the first requirement of learning. You must pay attention for more than a moment, though.
Listen and watch. Give your attention to simple realities. Hear the wind, the breath of the Earth, rustle through the leaves of a tree. Watch as it brings the clouds of refreshing rain. Behold the brightness of the lightning bolt, the crack of its strike and lingering growl. Feel the warmth of the Sun and the solid foundation beneath your feet. Learn the nature of the Earth and you will understand how to walk upon it.
The many voices of our kind easily distracts and overwhelms our attention. The power and glamour of technology augments the assault on our senses. There are many stories told to entertain and mesmerize, but the intention of most are to sell a product, service or idea. This can be dangerous when we struggle to differentiate between fiction and non-fiction. A touchstone is invaluable.
People hold many opinions, so it is difficult to get people to agree on anything. When all but three nations agree that this world faces a serious climate problem, that consensus is tantamount to a miracle. How can this extraordinary historical event be explained?
Touch the Earth. Feel your feet firmly planted in its reality. Speak to the Earth, then listen and watch. What is the most sensible explanation for such unprecedented human agreement?