Saturday, June 23, 2007

Why I love Thomas Berry
(from Derrick Jensen's interview in Listening to the Land)

On the New Creation Story: It's a coherent telling of the story of the universe that comes to us through empirical observations, but which the scientists have not dealt with in any significant way...If scientists only understood their own data, they would have a most remarkable story...The universe is composed of subjects to be communed with, not objects to be exploited. That's why primordial peoples have a deep sense of Relatedness to all natural phenomena. (Kapwa!)

This communion of existence has a celebratory aspect; the sun shines, the flowers bloom, the birds sing, the trees blossom, the fish swim through the sea. And humans respond to the universe with a sense of awe and wonder at the majesty of it all, with entrancement. In the earlier stages of humans, this was the great liturgy.

The Ecozoic era (21st century): Principles: 1) Recognize that the universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects. 2) The universe is a single sacred community. There's no way the human can be fulfilled apart from the natural world. 3) The human is derivative and the planet is primary. 4) The first law of economics has to be to preserve the integral economy of the planet. At present the whole of our economics is absurd and terribly vicious.

Confucius said: I can reduce everything to one word: Reciprocity. If you take, you must give. Everything needs to move in a circle of mutual influences, a giving and a taking. If you break that circle, everything dies.

What does this say about economics? Check out Jensen, 138...

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