Worth reposting the major part of this entry from September. I'm not sure if the late Rabbi would be in sync with Starhawk's pagan point of view. But if he could see how we're violating the Creator's handiwork I suspect he'd sympathize with her Declaration.
The Declaration of the Four Sacred Things
The earth is a living, conscious being. In company with many cultures from many different times and places, we name these things as sacred: air, fire, water and earth.
Whether we see them as the breath, energy, blood and body of the Mother, or as the Blessed Gifts of a Creator, or as the interconnected systems that sustain life, we know that nothing can live without them.
To call these things sacred is to say that they have value beyond their usefulness for human ends, that they themselves become the standards by which our acts, our economics, our laws and our purposes must be judged. No one had the right to appropriate them or profit from them at the expense of others. Any government that fails to protect them forfeits its legitimacy.
All people, all living things are part of the earth life, and so are sacred. No one of us stands higher or lower than any other. Only justice can assure balance: only ecological balance can sustain freedom. Only in freedom can that fifth sacred thing we call spirit can flourish in its full diversity.
To honor the sacred is to create conditions in which nourishment, sustenance, habitat, knowledge, beauty and freedom can thrive. To honor the sacred is to make love possible.
To this we dedicate our curiosity, our will, our courage, our silences and our voices. To this we dedicate our lives.
Intro to the novel The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk (born Miriam Simos) a feminist neopagan writer. She has two novels to her credit plus a fair amount of non fiction.
But those who look at Creation's web will never look past the potential dollar signs. The oceans will remain fish ponds and dumping grounds. They will never accept that those trees and the ecosystem they support has a value simply because they exist and are part of Creation. Unique in the universe and irreplaceable.
And when those of us who do try to break through you'll find them in the corner with the Stockmans, Gohmerts, Romneys and Ryans; eyes closed, fingers in ears, humming very very loudly.