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• Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

A Jewish lawyer said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29. Jesus said, “A Samaritan. A person considered inferior.” Today, Jesus would answer the question, “A green bulrush. A plant considered inferior.” He would spin the State Farm ad line, and say, “Like a good green neighbor, treat the 1.7 million species in the data base, Encyclopedia of Life, as you would like to be treated.”

Rabbi Jesus in the first century knew snakes and doves as neighbors and teachers, as discussed in chapter 8 of my book, Green Kingdom Come. The Bible states clearly that the neighborhood of creation includes “every green herb.” Genesis 1:30.

So, how do I name who is my green neighbor among the species of the world? By looking up any of 1.7 million species listed in the first data base, Encyclopedia of Life, which is seeking to identify every living species on Earth, including  hibiscus, peregrine falcon, and bulrush. Now for the first time in history, all of us 7 billion folk in the world can open a window, 24/7, on the biodiversity of, for, and by the world.

Stewart Brand writes in his new book, Whole Earth Discipline, that the pocket calculator potentially has made us all math literate and the DNA barcode process in Encyclopedia of Life bio-literate. Now we have every opportunity to meet and to love our green neighbor as ourselves and to be full time university of life students.

Bulrush

Hibiscus

Peregrene Falcon

Author: Stewart Brand

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