The notion is reflected commonly in popular discourse. Humans wreck the planet and the earth, the universe, or nature ‘fights back’. Noah’s flood, local or global is nothing compared to what our angry step-mother-nature will do if we don’t change our ways and look after the planet better… Makes an entertaining novel, movie, etc.
Because in our culture, we are quite OK with the idea of nature (which has no personality, intentions or consciousness!) being the judge of humanity; but as for God (who is personal, intentional and omniscient), that is simply not acceptable…
Never a more sterling case of a bull-full, left-over cultural slogan – nature hath not even a single hint of an intention.
I just saw an ad for ‘the Warehouse’, which used the by-line: “Get more Christmas for less.”
This reminded me of the observation (or should I say gross-but-still-relatively-accurate-generalisation?) I’ve made about the USA since moving to New Zealand. We (yes, I said ‘we’) looooooooooove to get a lot of stuff for not very much money. Examples – ‘all you can eat’ Buffets for like $7.99. Sam’s Club & Walmart (stop what you’re doing and watch ‘Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price’ right now).
There’s a name for this kind of desire – it’s called the desire to not pay what something’s worth – or stealing?
TVNZ’s programme ‘Sunday’ included a segment related to concerns over tween (8-12 yrs) fashion, particularly the issue of girls dressing “too sexy too soon” (which was the title).
In addition to this being evidence that modesty is not just the concern of conservative Christians, I was also interested in the introductory comment about the struggle of parents “to keep them children for as long as possible”. I’ve often wondered about the tension between biological adulthood and ‘adulthood’ as defined by mod-western culture.
Perhaps rather than trying to ‘keep them children’, we should be helping them to both ‘be’ and ‘behave’ as adults. Que the ‘archaic’, ‘religious’ – and perhaps more relevant than we dare admit – practice of most ancient cultures, namely rites of passage which welcomed new adults into adult life and responsibilities.