“In a society where we think of so many things as disposable, where we expect to be constantly discarding last year’s gadget and replacing it with this year’s model — do we end up tempted to think of people and relationships as disposable?” Williams asked.
“Are we so fixated on keeping up with change that we lose any sense of our need for stability?”
“A lot of the time, we just don’t let ourselves think about the future with realism.”
“A culture of vast material waste and emotional short-termism is a culture that is a lot more fragile than it knows.”
“How much investment are we going to put in towards a safer and more balanced future?”
God “does not do waste” and does not regard human life as disposable, Williams said.
“He doesn’t regard anyone as a ‘waste of space’, as not worth his time — from the very beginnings of life to its end, whether they are successful, articulate, productive or not.”
“And so a life that communicates a bit of what God is like is a life that doesn’t give up, that doesn’t settle down with a culture of waste and disposability — whether with people, or with things.”
The Archbishop has become one of the leading religious voices speaking in favor or the environment. Below is another environmental video of the Archbishop that was shown last month during the Bali talks:
Last week, Pope Benedict joined with an equally urgent call to protect the Environment during the traditional midnight Christmas mass:
‘The Pope bemoaned, an “ill-treated world” in a homily given to thousands of pilgrims here in the seat of the world’s billion Roman Catholics.
On the day Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ some 2,000 years ago, Benedict referred to one early father of the church, Gregory of Nyssa, a bishop in what is now Turkey. “What would he say if he could see the state of the world today, through the abuse of energy and its selfish and reckless exploitation?” the pope asked, according to the Vatican’s English translation.
He expanded on the theme briefly by saying that an 11th-century theologian, Anselm of Canterbury, had spoken “in an almost prophetic way” as he “described a vision of what we witness today as a polluted world whose future is at risk.”’
At least, that’s two leading voices sending much needed environmental wisdom out into God’s world.