Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The Woodpecker's gift to Theology

This excerpt is from a NY Times op-ed piece by Jonathan Rosen entitled, "The Woodpecker in All of Us." It references this exciting news.

I think there is a deep spiritual meaning behind what Rosen says and, after final exams, I will attempt to draw that out. For starters, here are a few of Rosen's own words:
Among its gifts to us, the ivory bill can help us see ourselves as we really are, torn between our own desire to be free - to shoot and develop and cut down and expand - and the desire to live among free things that can survive only if we are less free. With the double vision of birders, we still can recognize ourselves as the wild children of American fantasy, but also as the far less romantic, but equally biblical, stewards of the earth. The challenge now is to give the ivory-billed woodpecker a home - not merely in legend but on actual, American ground, where it can be both the metaphorical Lord God bird [one of its names] and also the literal eater of grubs. If we can pull this off, we will not merely be saving this bird, we will be saving ourselves.

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