Every living cell carries in common lifeâ€™s genetic â€œgrammarâ€, including human cells. The cosmic codes of evolving â€œtransubstantiationâ€ are to Christian religion evidence of Divine Presence in the deep purposes of intelligent design, of intentional symbiosis. The implosions of ecologic, economic, religious and civil networks, happening in these times, are consequences of self-undoing. The radical reading and conversion of humankind to natureâ€™s sustainable symbioses are urgencies above all other.
Pope Benedictâ€™s social encyclical â€œCaritas in Veritateâ€ directly addresses the â€œgrammar [which] sets forth ends and criteria for its [natureâ€™s] wise use, not its reckless exploitation.â€ (Daniel Finn, â€œEconomics of Charityâ€, COMMONWEAL, August 14, 2009, pp 8-10) Finn observes, â€œâ€¦this analogy [natural law as natureâ€™s grammar] has not been employed in any previous encyclical.â€ It is Pope Benedictâ€™s clear attempt to cast â€œnatural law tradition in a manner more accessible to contemporary ears.â€
Symbiotic life is natureâ€™s word and work. Words standing alone do not make grammar. To work, grammar supposes word-meanings and sense of connection. The rational meanings of words together are what make grammar work. Language and content evolve together; the grammar of natural law must first be learned before the content of language can be understood, before we can come to an informed sense of ourselves. The â€œevolution of symbiosisâ€ is about natural law grammar. â€œBenedictâ€™s grammar analogy acknowledges that languages develop [evolve] over timeâ€¦in fundamental continuity with the past.â€ (ID)http://www.secondenlightenment.org/The%20Evolution%20of%20Symbiosis.pdf
NATURAL LAW [Prologue to â€œPrimary Scriptureâ€]
â€œThe premise of â€œPrimary Scriptureâ€ is that the essential lessons edifying all consciousness are communicated uninterruptedly in Nature, and that in their natural place, humans commune with divinityâ€”The Source. Natural reason (complexity consciousness) is a self-renewing genesis.Â Natureâ€™s consciously enduring word/ work is Godâ€™s.Â Â Â Â Â
â€œIntrospective nature-consciousness authenticates Earth life; but because of humankindâ€™s ignorance, arrogance, and egoistic greed-obsession, societal sensitivity toward nature has been trashed; the poison of humankindâ€™s anti-social disconnect diseases civilizations with mortal conflicts.
â€The geologian Thomas Berry calls for societal awakening to an ecozoic awareness.Â In The DREAM of the EARTH, Father Berry says: â€œProfessional education should be based on an awareness that Earth is itself the primary physician, primary revelation of the divine, primary scientist, primary technologist, primary commercial venture, primary artist, primary educator, primary agent in whichever activity we find human affairsâ€. (Quoted with the authorâ€™s permission)
â€œIf humankind would desist from its self-undoing, it needs to recapture its naturally instinctual and sustaining consciousness, relocate its societies in harmonious relationships with global Earth life, and become a conserver of lifeâ€™s diversity rather than its destroyer.Â Except for the fundamental fact of essential, codependent relationships, the physical/ moral basis of vitality, of Natural Law, all other law pales in meaning and effect.
â€œHumans waste themselves and Earth life unless they conform their living to the codified scripture of the NATURALISÂ SACRAMENTUM ORDINIS.