My name is Scott Erway and I am currently enjoying my fifth decade on this awe inspiring earth. I was a middle class software engineer trained in system science and architecture. A child of my times, some of my most wonderful memories involve roller-coasters in theme parks with my wife and three wonderful children and shaking hands with an astronaut. How to reconcile this with my ecological knowledge is an ongoing struggle.
I have no easy answers nor an agenda that will teach you “what you need to do” in light of the ecological crises and the responsibilities it lays on people of conscience. After years of struggling to navigate between the rock of suicidal despair and the cliffs of a cult-manipulated faith in cheap salvation, I have managed to once again live a more or less happy life – without needing to live in denial. I write in the hope that others who are struggling in this same way may find something they recognize from their own struggles, and we then will no longer be walking this sad and tragic path alone. I see blood on the sidewalk and cities on fire, but I also see the value of picking up a piece of plastic trash so others might see the world a little less spoiled.
To cure the diseases of corruption and violence we find in pollution and nuclear weapons will require that we recognize Mankind, all of us, serve powers greater than ourselves. Some of those powers lead us to greener pastures, some do not. The War between good and evil runs right through our hearts. What does it look like to win this War? We respect kindness and put down the bully. We love our children and put down the rich man who would sell them for another dime. The Good News? With the right training and aspiration we can be sure the required grace and initiations will come our way. There is no short cut, you must do the work to find that you live in a sacred world and then, empowered by the holy, you become more than a match for the evil we need to put down. You will have the saint’s wind at your back.