There’s a movie called Collateral Beauty coming out on December 16th.
In it, a man (Will Smith) writes letters to “the universe” — specifically, to Love, Time, and Death — as a way to cope after the death of his daughter.
And since meeting fellow blogger Sunshine Lou, I am becoming more familiar with the concept of “Mother Earth.”
These events made me think:
What is the appeal of “the universe”? Why do people say “The universe is telling me ___,” or “___ happened because the universe intervened”?
The universe — the void between the stars — is lifeless and inhospitable.
The appeal of Earth is clearer to me.
Who doesn’t like feeling the wind and sun on their skin, swimming in the water, and looking at natural features like a mountain or forest?
When Lou describes how nature refreshes her heart, mind, and soul, I understand why. I understand why Lou sees nature as a spiritual, powerful place, and why being naked makes it even more so.
As a Catholic, my faith is ultimately in a being that I believe transcends nature, since I believe that God created nature.
God has made everything beautiful in its own way. He has put eternity in the human heart.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:11
But: Who can say that the soul God gave Earth does not have a maternal nature?
All things — not just humans — have a soul. An essence.
And, it makes sense to see Earth as a mother.
Two reasons why:
- Fruit on a tree is like milk from a woman’s breast: Natural, life-giving nourishment.
- We come to Earth naked from inside our mother, and we feel more like our purest, deepest self when naked in nature.
If I had to choose between putting my faith in a mother who nourishes me and awakens the deepest, most desperate desires of my heart, mind, and soul, or putting my faith in the vast, impersonal, mysterious cosmos, I know who I would pick…