Posted in Notes from the Field

Be Careful What you Research

October 1, 2019

Things are moving along quite well. God finally got me past my dumping a post mid-writing. Some of the problems I have with my writing still apply, but this was a larger issue of which I wasn’t cognizant. Three nights of dreaming the same themed dream and I got a clue: I stopped writing because I didn’t feel qualified. This was even after I had acknowledged that I didn’t have to be an expert in a subject, if I was just going to report on it. Reporting was what much of the research and writing entailed. I do have to admit being experienced in what you’re writing about makes for better reporting, but does not exclude someone from performing them. Anyway, it was an immense help and, now I just keep on going.

For my next research project I decided on Integral Ecology. The pope continues to bring it up and few people know anything about it, so I thought I’d try to get us up-to-speed. Had no idea what I was letting myself in for. I could hardly get past the foreword. In the space of a few pages the author discussed the interior life of plants, the moral life of animals, animals possessing feelings, mother earth, and blending science with intuition and indigenous knowledge (Can anyone say Amazon Synod?). Maybe I’m better off not knowing where the pope is coming from. Be careful what you wish for. Be careful what you research.

The kicker was in the Introduction when the authors discuss peoples being transformed by sitting down to discuss an issue with those of other viewpoints. In itself, this is not a bad thing, but, along with the Amazon Synod documents speaking of a spiritual conversion with the environment, it was too much. I associate conversion and transformation with God, not the environment.

It didn’t help that one of the first few to coin the term “Integral Ecology” was the Liberation theologian Leonardo Boff.

The tenor of the Amazon Synod working documents really should’ve given me a clue. Sucker as I am I keep trying to give the pope the benefit of the doubt and I keep getting disappointed.

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