A Proclamation for Mother’s Day 2020

Inspired by Julia Ward Howe’s 1870 proclamation, which prompted the official observance of Mother’s Day.

Arise, all parents, caretakers, and nurturers of the planet, whether your children be from your womb or your heart! Say firmly: “We will not have great global questions decided by corporations and politicians. Our loved ones shall not come to us, steeped in greed and avarice, for approval and applause.”

Our babies shall not continue to be convinced that they are flawed, separate, alone. We will teach them instead of their value, connection, and interdependence. We parents of this one Earth shall not forsake the most vulnerable among us in the name of endless growth and boundless comfort.

From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says, “Be still and listen to your planetary Mother. More possessions do not make you happy. Living in harmony with each other and all of nature does.” Things do not resemble love nor do they replace compassion and community.

As we have forsaken our endless busy-ness and consumption due to this Pandemic Pause, let us now reflect on what truly matters and enact a new Vision of Life. Let us be contemplative and honor the lives and souls lost in the name of “progress.” Let us then solemnly consider the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each learning in this time, the sacred oneness of all living beings and the unique and bountiful world which we inhabit.

In the name of the entire spectrum of humanity, I earnestly encourage all loving souls to gather your courage and remember your responsibility- to promote the preservation of all the different species, to restore and sustain our fragile ecosystems, and insist that our intention and attention are focused on creating a world at peace.

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