Here we are on another Sunday and once again we probably won't go to church. I'm not protesting anything, many of my friends attend the church I love, and so it's not that either. It's just that it seems that our devotion, our ethics, are too small, way too small.
Devotion should be about gratitude and if there is anything we ought to be grateful for, it is life itself. That's true for almost any age but its really true when you are 77. Life itself for we humans is personal but we also sense that we are members of something larger, something far more significant. Our understanding of life ought to be expressed in an ethic, an ethic that expresses to what we mean by our membership in the community of life.
The best statement I have found for this view of an ecologic ethic is Wendell Berry in his book of essays, Another Turn of the Crank. Berry argues that health is a communal and ecological concept, referring to our membership and participation in communities, both civic and ecological. As Berry says,
I believe that at bottom our most important ethic should reflect how we view life---how we view life itself underneath it all and what this means for membership in the body politic.