The genesis of www.notmuchelsematters.com (NMEM site still under construction) began with an email I received from BMW announcing the introduction of their new fuel efficient car. It was a contest to win a fuel efficient Beemer and they asked for a essay about how I was contributing to sustainability. Other than separating trash, I thought…not much. I did enter the contest and typed in a few words, Earth, Air, Water and One Another…Not Much Else Matters, and clicked send. I’m still waiting for delivery of the Beemer.
A very good friend asked…”What do you mean…nothing else matters? What about gold?” Last I knew, it’s in the earth. As a matter of fact, everything that we are comes from earth, air and water. Regardless of your view of world origin, earth, air and water are gifts. They sustain life and we need to be good stewards of those gifts, protect them and preserve them for future generations.
What about God? That’s the “one another” part. I write from the Christian perspective and Christianity promises some other place in the afterlife…God’s Kingdom. I hope that is true. For me, hope is the leading edge of faith and the promise of eternal life is intoxicating. But that is the then, what about the now? Most faith systems talk about the manner that we should relate to one another…family, friends and quite frankly, everyone who exists. I saw a Dennis Miller show on HBO recently and loved his closing. He said (paraphrase), we don’t have to love one another or even like one another, but, we should care about other human beings at least as much as we do about the endangered caribou or polar bear.
This site when fully developed is intended to be a forum or a blog spot for other’s to share their views on what really matters. A word of caution about blogs…I’ve heard it said that some blogs are nothing more than graffiti with punctuation marks. Unless you want to contribute to the discussion in a constructive way…please move on.
I plan on offering some merchandise with the NMEM logo, hats, tee and sweat shirts, etc., on this site. We will forward a portion of the proceeds to a worthy charity or organization. When someone buys something there will be a space on the order blank to specify what organization they would like to receive the donation.
Be well, take care of the environment…and more importantly…one another.