As the doctors fought to arrest the cancer spreading through my body, hundreds and hundreds of messages of love were reaching me from across the world.
Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and others sent messages of encouragement. Messages from Masai herdsmen, Zambian game scouts, Shangaans at Londolozi, singers, actors, scientists, conservationists, businessmen and women reached me. I can assure you that every message that reached me, made a difference. Thank you!
In those messages were frequent references to God. Clearly religion is a powerful force across the planet.
I have never followed a religion and know nothing about it. My only connection to religion was that my forefathers were missionaries preaching the word of God across Africa and Tina Turner who introduced me to Buddhism.
Every day I get up, go into the bush (which is my church) and search for a striped cat. When I find the cat, I marvel at the beauty and wonder how we could have pushed such a beautiful creature to the brink of extinction. Everyday I am inspired to be in the presence of the Tiger. In short, the Tiger is my God!
I’m the first to admit that what I’m doing has very little significance in the Greater Purpose. However, as Gandhi said “even if you do not achieve, it is important to try”.
What puzzles me, is why the religious leaders of the world, who are obviously so powerful, are not more concerned for the planet and its future. Whilst the Pope concerns himself with whether his followers should or should not use a condom or should or should not practice birth control, the human species is moving towards 10 billion. That species consumes 80% of the world’s resources.
What the religions of the world can’t get away from, is they all breathe the same air. If humans continue to remove the forests of the earth, we will subject the planet to lung cancer, which will drastically affect all of us. If the polar ice caps continue to melt, it will affect all the people and religions of the world.
There is another God who is not concerned whether you are Russian or American, Christian or Muslim. Her name is Goddess Gaia, the Greek Goddess of the Earth. Gaia has been around a long time. She has been hot and she has been cold. She has seen species rise, fall and become extinct. As long as the Sun gives her heat, she can support life on Earth.
Goddess Gaia is not concerned with the fall of the dinosaurs or the demise of the tiger. Gaia concerns herself with the health and future of the planet. Any species which disrupts her ability to protect herself, will be reduced or eliminated.
Gaia deals in cause and effect. Actions have consequences and she is the sole judge and adjudicator. If a species partnerships with her, she rewards them richly. If a species sabotages her, it is dealt with accordingly.
In January of 2011 Gaia flooded Tiger Canyons and destroyed in a few hours what had taken me 10 years to build up. She did it before and she will do it again.
Right now Gaia is scorching the grass on the sheep farms across the Karoo and drying out the water table.
Gaia gave us 100 million springbuck and we swapped that for 20 million sheep. Does Gaia care if 5 million sheep die and 5 000 sheep farmers go bankrupt? Not at all!
South Africans complain about load shedding, Gaia can switch off the entire power supply of South Africa permanently with one stroke of her ecological armoury.
Consider what Gaia has at her disposal. Heat, cold, wind, rain, snow, fire, cyclones, hurricanes, tsunamis, drought and disease etc.
If I was a political or religious leader, I would be standing in the queue to get into her good books. I would be plotting and planning how I could partnership with her to ensure the future of my country, my followers and my religions. In short, I would be making friends with Gaia.
Nowhere on planet Earth do I see the political or religious leadership that is working to ensure the future of the planet and the human species.
Short video about Mother Nature: Nature Is Speaking – Julia Roberts is Mother Nature | Conservation International (CI)
Tread Lightly on the Earth