whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves

Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect.

~Chief Seattle

One evening, I stepped out on the front porch to call our cat inside.  I glanced over to my left, and there, as big as the expanse between the porch railing and bush was a spider’s web, complete with large, brown spider.  It was beautiful.  I literally stood back for a minute marveling the stunning work of art created by this small creature.

Suddenly, the spider scurried up to the northeast corner.  A gnat had flown into the sticky thread, and the arachnid wanted to see what had landed there.

During my time of staring at the web, I had never seen it shake or tremble like it would do if a moth or fly had stumbled up on it.  But the spider had felt the movement of that small gnat which seemed to be quite a distance from the center.

As I grow in my awareness of ecology, I have developed a deeper appreciation for how our actions impact the environment, not just the present space and place around us but also in creation over time and distance.  How does using aerosol cans or drinking bottled water affect the planet today and the web of tomorrow?

The same metaphor can be applied to our relationships with others.  We are all connected as children of God, and as  Chief Seattle notes, we are not just connected, we are bound.  Just like the gnat in the spider’s web, our words and actions don’t happen in isolation.  They are felt by all of God’s creatures who are connected by this journey we call life.


7 thoughts on “whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves

  1. I saw a speaker lead an entire auditorium of young people, one by one, to mime pulling a single thread through each beating heart in the huge hall. It was a powerful metaphor, and a powerful experience.

    On a less powerful, but still wondrous note … you can actually call a cat? 😉

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