Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Religion and Sustainability

It just dawned on me today that religions play a role in our sustainability thinking. Religions like Christianity believe that their life will end here on earth and that they will go to heaven (or hell) after death. Religions like Hinduism and Buddhism believe in reincarnation or rebirth, whereby one returns to the earth many times over. I'd say anyone who believes that he will return to this earth is more interested in maintaining the planet, than someone who believes that he will leave this earth in a few years and never return thereafter. That would align Hindus and Buddhists more closely with sustainable thinking. While Christians would have less incentive for sustainability.

Could there be a hidden link between religion and sustainability? Just some food for thought.

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