Rev. Michael Dowd

Intergenerational Justice: Does Any Vision Matter More?

It’s not just immoral; it is evil to irreparably harm the future for short-term personal or institutional gain. Yet we have a global economic system supported by governments everywhere ensuring that it’s not only legal to condemn posterity, it’s highly profitable. What most people don’t realize, however, is that this is precisely what history teaches us. When religion fails, economics becomes demonic. What else to call a system that rewards the few at the expense of the many, measure progress by how fast we can turn the biosphere into pollution, and forces virtually all of us to betray the future just by pursuing the so-called ‘good life’. Only ‘ecology as theology’ can save us now.