When You Disrespect Nature You're Disrespecting My Religion
Start writing a post
Politics

When You Disrespect Nature You're Disrespecting My Religion

Nature is my sacred temple, and every piece of litter is disrespectful

204
When You Disrespect Nature You're Disrespecting My Religion
personal photo

Some people have churches, or mosques, or synagogues, or temples. Those are the places of worship for some of the world's most popular religions. I'm sure all of you have some basic knowledge of at least Christianity. I'm sure you've at least heard of Islam through the media. Of course, you're probably familiar with the basic foundation of Judaism or have an awareness of Hinduism or Buddhism.

I would hope you would have respect for those and other religions.

Yet, how many of you are familiar with paganism and other religions like it?

I learned about the earlier mentioned religions first in my AP world history class in high school. I then touched upon them again during my foundations of history course in my freshman year of college. Yet, the only times I've heard of paganism was in it's past tense and not in the present.

I've heard my professors and teachers talk about Greco-Roman, Egyptian, and Norse paganism in it's past tense. However, most people fail to account for the recent revival of these old religions.

I distinctly remember in my 8th grade ancient history class when a fellow peer asked my teacher if people still worshipped the Gods and Goddesses of old. She replied that she wasn't sure but maybe.

I'm here to answer yes.

I consider myself an eclectic pagan. Meaning, I'm apart of an earth-based religion that incorporates aspects of many different paths. Personally, I worship deities from the Egyptian and Greco-Roman Pantheons, I acknowledge all Gods and Goddesses, and I incorporate mild aspects of Wicca, Buddhism, and Christianity.

In other words, I'm a religious melting pot and I rarely define myself as any less.

Yet, in this article, I'm not going to delve deep into my personal beliefs.

Instead, I'm going to stress on how much it despairs me to see people destroying our home. Yes, it's OUR home. As in all of us.

It doesn't matter if your Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Wiccan, Satanist, Atheist or something else, anything else.

We all share this planet.

Unlike other religious people, I conduct a lot of my ceremonies outside. Yet, I get devastated when I see litter marking the beautiful landscape.

It hinders the magick of the ceremony and reminds me of how much pain our beloved Earth is in.

You don't walk into a church and destroy its sacred walls. So why do you think it's acceptable to the trash and destroy the sacred temple of my beloved Mother Earth? It's not any different, or less- it's just as crude.

I implore you, to have respect for the Earth. To have the common decency to not litter. Throw your plastic away and not in the sea, your cigarette buds in the can and not in the ground.

It kills the planet. It kills our home. It disrespects me and my beliefs when I completely respect yours, whatever they may be.

Please. Be gentle and kind to the Earth. It doesn't have to be anything more, and certainly nothing less.

It costs nothing to be a kind and decent human being.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

51360
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee
nappy.co

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

122848
college students waiting in a long line in the hallway
StableDiffusion

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments