13 Nov

Painting by Gustav Klimt

Edited to add:

This is very thought provoking written by a women I’ve admired for a long time. Please know that I do not agree with everything Dr. Caldicott says including her belief that God doesn’t exist however she has tried to achieve peace throughout her lifetime which I greatly admire.

by Helen Caldicott

I believe that women have the fate of the Earth in the palm of their hands. Some 53 per cent of us are women and we really are pretty wimpish. We don’t step up to the plate – and it’s time we took over. I think men have had their turn and we’re in a profound mess.

I believe that money is the root of all evil. When people start believing that materialism will produce ultimate, lasting happiness, it is a sure sign that they will be intensely unhappy. One third of Americans are on anti-depressants. Instead, what they should be doing is lifting their souls, not their faces.

I believe in the sanctity of nature. I believe we can save the planet. We are smart enough to do that, but we must act with a sense of dire emergency.

I believe that the media are controlling and determining the face of the Earth. As Thomas Jefferson said, an informed democracy will behave in a responsible fashion.

I believe in the beauty of classical music. I must have it; it feeds my soul.

I believe in the goodness in every person’s soul even though it’s sometimes hard to see. I treat a lot of patients where either their children are dying or they are dying. Even though sometimes it’s heavily obscured, in extremes this goodness will emerge.

I don’t believe in a god. I have helped many people to die and believe that it’s ashes to ashes and dust to dust.

I believe that heaven and hell are present every day.

I believe that life is an absolute gift to be treasured accordingly. We are very privileged to even have been conceived.

I believe that we are here to serve. We are not here to make ourselves happy, to be self-indulgent or to be hedonistic. The happiest state that I achieve is when I work in my clinic helping my children with cystic fibrosis to face death and help to treat them and look after their siblings. I’m utterly exhausted at the end of the day, but deeply, deeply fulfilled.

I believe in the beauty of my garden. I’ve got two and a half acres and I’m never more in touch with the power of the universe than when I’m in my garden on a warm, sunny day tending to my flowers and my trees, with the pelicans circling overhead.

I believe that there are far too many people on the planet. In the year 1900 there were one billion of us in the world. Now there are 6.5 billion and the predictions are that within a few decades there will be 14 billion.

I believe that the greatest terror in the world is not a few terrorists hitting the World Trade Center. It’s the fact that half the world’s people still live in dire poverty and 30,000 to 40,000 children die every day from malnutrition and starvation, while the rich nations continue to get richer and richer.

I believe that the most important job in the world is parenting. Women need to be financially supported for it. Their job is far more important than that of chief executive officers at the head of huge corporations.

I believe the secret of happiness is a) serving our fellow human beings and loving and caring for everyone. I don’t mean crappy Californian love; I mean really deep caring for each other; b) to understand our own psychology in a profound way, so we can be a more constructive human being; and c) to care for this incredible planet of ours.


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6 responses to ““Credo”

  1. naturalhigh

    November 13, 2006 at 2:19 pm

    What an amazing credo! I love it!

    And I adore the phrase “crappy california love”. Too funny.

    My spirituality is very much centered on nature as sacred. I see humans as crucifying the Christ over and over as we desecrate our earth. We are killing that which we need to sustain us.

    I have to wonder, though….if you don’t believe in god but you do believe that we are here to serve, where does that higher purpose or calling come from? Just wondering…

  2. Gracie

    November 13, 2006 at 2:49 pm

    Hey Natural High,
    Let me clarify that I do believe in God unlike the author of this article. It sounds like we are on the same page in our love for nature and a desire to treat the earth and all of its creatures with respect and dignity.
    Dr. Caldicott had been such an inspiration over the years in her determination to make the world a safer place. I got a kick out of the “crappy California love” too!

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to clarify myself on this one. πŸ™‚

  3. fluidspirit

    November 13, 2006 at 5:02 pm

    Gracie, thanks for your enthusiastic comments, made me smile. I’m tryin’ to be a constructive dudette but sometimes residual fears, doubts & jealousies get in the way, in other words weaknesses, on this journey of life. True about us girls. One generation of good, conscious mothers could change the entire society πŸ™‚ hee!

  4. Gracie

    November 13, 2006 at 5:22 pm

    Thank YOU, fluidspirit!. We do suffer from doubts and fears in this journey but we’re all in it together or most of us anyway. Everything is cyclic so hopefully our children will benefit from our mistakes.

    I just realized that I’ve been reading your comments for a while now over on Suresh’s photography site. It’s a small world in cyberspace. πŸ™‚

  5. fluidspirit

    November 14, 2006 at 12:05 am

    we’re linking via blog karma – ha ha!

  6. naturalhigh

    November 14, 2006 at 7:40 am

    Oh, sorry, I read through too quickly and thought you had written “credo”. Thanks for sharing it- I always wonder how it is that people can deeply observe the natural world and not see the Divine in it. But maybe it is because their concept of God is too limited. Just a guess.


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