levelling mountains

The Lectionary texts this week refer to Isaiah 40 and the message of John the Baptist in Mark 1.  There is a reference to levelling mountains – the great creation of evenness among people that is, in my opinion, at the heart of the kingdom of God teachings of the Scriptures and especially Jesus.

It reminded me however of the disturbing and rather different mountain levelling that is happening in the Appalachian Mountains in the United States.

The attached documentary covers what is happening and is, I believe, pertinent to our New Zealand context where there will be pressure to have open cast mining in some of our more remote and pristine landscapes because of the Pike River mining disaster of last year.

http://e360.yale.edu/content/feature.msp?id=2198

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