Reading through the story and analysing the day-by-day creation, one student commented on the environmental obligation that the text suggested. In the following discussion, the deep symbolism of the story really began to strike me: the pattern of the days rolls from separation of water into sea and rain, the appearance of land, the plants, the animals and finally mankind.
And the way this pattern of the days is creeping into reverse.
Possibly hundreds of species becoming extinct each day, rain-forests decimated... and the sea rising again to take the poisoned land back.
I was talking to someone at dinner at a wedding on Saturday - a research biochemist - and he was explaining his support for Richard Dawkins. His view is the planet will survive, and some new form of life will evolve. We are simply hurrying an inevitable new ice-age.
I'd obviously argue that a key point of the birth of consciousness has been missed - a unique intervention that breaks into this cycle and leaves us with a responsibility to take care of this amazing gift we've been bestowed with.
It's a gift we've been completely trashing. The meeting of the World's Top Polluting Countries is a crisis meeting. Real action has to be taken at inter-governmental level. And what is depressing from the initial conversations is that many are saying 'sorry, our economies have to come first.' We can't afford to save the planet. Money has finally won. Seems Dawkins' 'Selfish Gene' was about right after all.