Wednesday, June 03, 2009

FOLLOWING THOMAS, TWO TALKS FROM TED

In yesterday's post, marking the passage of Thomas Berry, the videos presented some of his wise and profound words:

The universe, and in particular planet Earth, is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects. If you don't know that, nothing is going to work.

The planet Earth or the universe is the ultimate and noblest perfection in things and everything in the universe is ultimately for the perfection of the universe. So humans give to the universe a consciousness of itself. In fact, in a certain sense, humans are the way in which the universe creates itself, because the human can be defined as that being in whom the universe reflects on and celebrates itself in a special mode of conscious self-awareness.

What happens to the outer world, happens to the inner world. Without the soaring birds, without the great forests, the free-flowing streams, the sight of the clouds by days, and the stars by night, we become impoverished in all that makes us human.


This is more than a "philosophy". Indeed, it's VERY real. Here are two TED TALKS that provide marvelous portrayals of why...





It's all about HOME -- Healing Ourselves and Mother Earth


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