Does the Future Look Dark to You, then . . .
- We survey the events in the world . . . the horror, the violence, the greed, the devastation that is happening to our planet . . . and we would like to throw up our hands.
- We believe that we are, in our time, uniquely rushing off a precipice. And we are so overwhelmed, we don’t know what to do.
- We forget that others in earlier times and different places also experienced this.
Hildegard of Bingen lived in the 11th century, born close to the time of another millennium when people thought the world would end. It was a time of great change and turmoil. Hildegard, Benedictine nun, abbess, and mystic, wrote:
Even in a world that’s being shipwrecked, remain brave and strong.
Her words ring as clear and true today as they did nearly one thousand years ago.