It is no small thing to be born human. With it comes a tremendous responsibility. That responsibility is due to our intelligence, our awareness. We have the power, each of us, not only to change our own lives and bring them into harmony with the ten thousand things, but also to nourish others, to heal this planet. The harmony, nourishment, and healing are within the capabilities of the same science and technology that have created the destruction. We can do it. All it takes is the will to do it. You can realize yourself; all it takes is the determination to do it. In both cases, we’re fully equipped. We have everything needed to realize ourselves and transform our lives, and to realize the earth and transform this planet. As always, it is up to you. What will you do with the opportunity? When will you do it? Please, don’t waste this precious life.
From Teachings of the Earth: Zen and the Environment by by John Daido Loori, page 16