Thursday, January 31, 2013

Quote of the Day

. . . Each place is sacred – even places dominated by strip malls, industry, and parking lots. Nature doesn't write off parts of the Earth, and neither can we. This place we live is all we have. There is no place "else." . . . I grew up in a culture that claimed the right to conquer, use up, and displace nature. Human intelligence coupled with technology would take us on a one-way trip to a brighter future, we were told. Today, as we reach the limits of what life on Earth can tolerate, we need a little less hubris and a little more humility. If we learn from nature and from our indigenous brothers and sisters, I now believe we'll have a much better shot at that bright future.

– Sarah van Gelder
"Nature's Original Idea"
Winter 2013

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Threshold Musings
"Something Sacred Dwells There"
Thomas Berry, 1914-2009
Superstorm Sandy: A 'Wake-Up Call' on Climate Change
A Self-Wrought Hell
Capitalism on Trial
May Day and a "New Bridge"
Michael Greyeyes on Temperance as a Philosophy for Surviving
Solar Brother
An Evening Stroll (and Theological Musings)

Recommended Off-site Links:
Will We Adjust to Life on a Finite Planet or Continue Devouring Our Future? – Chris Hedges (, January 14, 2013).
Religion, Science, and Spirit: A Sacred Story for Our Time – David Korten (Yes!, January 17, 2013).

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