One of the biggest problems that the world faces today is the loss of biodiversity due to human behavior. Deforestation is the number one cause for rapid destruction of biodiversity on Earth. Deforestation happens as a result of logging, mining, farming, and even invasive species such as feral hogs and earth worms.
But there is a greater threat to biodiversity than deforestation. It’s the threat that we face of nuclear war. Today, a handful of countries possess enough nuclear warheads to destroy the landmass of the entire planet. In a world, where almost a third of the countries in it are involved in war, peace must be our top priority.
Peace begins within each of us, when we discover compassion for all life on earth. We know that every little thing that we choose to do is related to everything else. Is that strawberry that I am enjoying supporting a system of food production that oppresses millions of poor migrant workers? Does that steak that we are eating contribute to Climate Change and deforestation? Are we are purchasing stuff that’s creating a dangerous world seeped in destructive chemicals, horrifying genetic modifications, or the proliferation of resistant microbes?
Is our insensitivity to the pain that food animals experience related to our lack of compassion for the suffering that humankind experiences through war, poverty, hunger, disease, and inequality?
Our lives are a rare opportunity to add goodness to the world by helping to ease and not be the cause of the suffering of others, both human and non-human.
I promise myself not to go to that fast food chain restaurant near my house anymore - something yucky I find myself doing sometimes when I am drunk. And, I pledge to the world that I will be more mindful of the food that I eat, each and every bite, without exception.
So, may each bite that we take nourish the world as much as it nourishes our bodies. And may each bite that we take be a Eucharist to peace on Earth.