The universe is a communion and a community. We ourselves are that communion become conscious of itself.
The earth is a community of beings, not a collection of objects.
Only in a viable natural world can there be a viable human world.
The human is less a being on the earth or in the universe than a dimension of the earth. We have no existence except within the earth and the universe.
The human is that being in which the universe comes to itself in a special mode of conscious reflection.
The human is seen as an intrusion or as an addendum and thus finds no real place in the story of the universe. In reality the human activates the most profound dimension of the universe itself, its capacity to reflect on and celebrate itself in conscious awareness.
If we have a wonderful sense of the divine, it is because we live among such awesome magnificence. If we have powers of imagination, these are activated by the magic display of color and sound, of form and movement, such as we observe…
If we lived on the moon, our mind and emotion, our speech and imagination, our sense of the Divine would all reflect the desolation of the lunar landscape
We should be clear about what happens when we destroy living forms of this planet. The first consequence is that we destroy modes of divine presence.
The industrial order keeps its control over human activities because of the energy generated by the mythic quality of its vision.
Ever heightened consumption was the way to ultimate human fulfillment. Every earthly being was reduced from its status as a sacred reality to that of being a “natural resource” available for human use.
We are no longer sustained by the ever renewing cycle of nature; we live now within the cycle of production and consumption.
For the first time we are determining the destiny of the earth in a comprehensive and irreversible manner.
The earth will solve its problems, and possibly ours too, if we let the earth function in its own ways. We need only listen to what the earth is telling us.
It’s all a question of story… An integral story has not emerged and no community can exist without a unifying story.
Whatever fiction exists on Wall Street, the earth is a faithful scribe, a faultless calculator, a superb bookkeeper; we will be held responsible for every bit of our economic folly.
Our secular, rational, industrial society, with its amazing scientific insights and technological skills has established the first radically anthropocentric society and has thereby broken the primary law of the universe…. the law that every component member of the universe should be integral with every other member.
This is the moment of change from a sense of the earth as subservient to human exploitation to a sense of the earth as an integral natural community, and of the human as a functioning member rather than as a conquering invader. Our role has to be the instrument whereby the earth celebrates itself in the stories we tell and the songs we sing
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Here are some words that Matthew Fox shared of Thomas Berry :