During a recent conference, mathematical cosmologist Brian Swimme invited listeners to help create a society "in which it would be easy to be good."  Doesn't that sound inviting?

 

"Multiform planetary civilization" are words Brian used to describe a world in which humans would be in  " alignment with all species." 

Barbara McClintockBarbara McClintock, a maize cytogeneticist,  who won the 1983 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, is a role model for living in harmony with Earth creatures. Between the 1920s and 1950s she studied the genetic makeup of corn.  When working in fields of corn for long time periods, she came to know each ear as an individual.  As she said, she developed "a feeling for the organism."

Though there may be few among us who have knowledge or opportunity similar to McClintock's, each of us are in constant contact with creatures of air, land and water.  Perhaps we can use the waning days of 2012, to participate in the co-creation of a world in which it is easy to be good, easy to be aligned peaceably with others within the Earth community.  In a moment, the flash of an eye, we can chose to become well acquainted with one creature, to develop a relationship with it.  To know it as kin.

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