While I think some are certainly more responsible for our current state of affairs than others, we all share part of the guilt for often not wanting to "rock the boat" when we know it needs to be swamped. And I look for the answers for our dilemma. Ironically, the local natural setting that surrounds me provides the answer. It's our loss of faith in God as a centerpiece of our life and our loss of common sense.
God the Creator made this earth for us. He provides us with all the components we need to enjoy an active and wonderful life yet we so often become enamored with things that put us on the wrong track. There are so many things to distract us from what is right in the modern world that it takes the strength of the Holy Spirit on our side to keep us true to Him.
Another thing that is involved with this and which is given us by God is common sense. I personally think that our common sense comes to us from our active encounter with the Holy Spirit in our daily lives. Common sense is just something that we feel when we look at something and it's just like the name says, we just know that it is there when we see it. We can't prove it, but our past experience has helped it develop with the grace of God.
Just looking at some of the things around us that don't make common sense makes it so obvious to me that it is missing. When we use God's earth improperly, it doesn't make common sense for we are in effect slowly killing ourselves. We have plenty of resource to use, but we have to use them responsibly, for if we ruin our temporary home our life become unlivable. A couple of examples might clarify just what I am trying to say.
I've always wondered why we so overdeveloped the desert. To try to turn a beautiful desert into a large oasis of green might look good, but when the water is gone the green turns back to its natural state quickly. Even here in Florida we have some of the most wonderful fresh water natural springs on earth, but when we draw it down faster than it can replenish itself, our lush land can become a sand island between two bodies of salt water in a hurry.
Then there is political correctness, where we are so concerned about hurting someone's feelings or acting as if all things are normal that words become meaningless. The truth is important; it lets us know when we have stepped out of line and it plays such a role in a good moral order. If we lose our truth and or moral code what do we really have left. All of the riches in the world and fine food, big homes and fancy cars can't give us real happiness when we leave this world because we just can't take it with us.
We must take time to get our hearts wrapped around the good, what's true and the real reason why we were put on this earth. It will give us peace for it will open our hearts to love, a love that can do more to end the horrors and fear in our lives that we can't remove on our own. No, it takes God to truly make us free of fear and through His son free from death. Let the Holy Spirit shine through and we'll all know what we need to do to bring Him and common sense back into vogue. They're what we need so desperately in a troubled world.