Today is Permaculture Day and it is the Year of the Soil so I was interested to read in a blog post by “The Snail” about who or what she would swear allegiance to. Here is the affirmation and pledge that she came up with:
I do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that, as a member of the human race, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the earth beneath my feet, the air that I breathe and the water that sustains me.
I will give my loyalty to the natural world and respect its rights and bounty. I will value the world’s ecosystems and work to enhance the land that sustains me – leaving it richer than when I found it. I will observe nature and be inspired by what I see, fulfilling my role as a part of the diversity life on this amazing planet.
By the end of the week we will, hopefully, know a bit more about the future of our government and a new Prime Minister will be making his (very unlikely to be her) allegiance to the Queen.
Jesus talked a lot about allegiance – was it to Caesar, to money, to the law, to God – but what does that mean? The wonderful thing about the Snail’s affirmation above is that it actually means something to her, it includes a measurable out working – “to enhance the land” and “leaving it richer”.
When we make our affirmation(s) do they really mean anything? Will it make a difference to our lives and the lives of those around us?
Perhaps you would like to write your own affirmation and share it here with us?