Photo of Mas De Gomis taken by Mika 2008

“Concern with the environment is no longer one of many “single issues”; it is the CONTEXT of everything else- our lives, our business, our politics.” Fritjof Capra (I told you I’d repeat some quotes lol)

“The unnamable is the eternally real. Naming is the origin of all particular things.” Tao Te Ching.

We’re living in a bit of an eco-fallacy. Somehow “ecology” got sidelined as a mere “subject” within human existence, like it’s optional. Simply inventing the word ecology can create a split, and instead of being the whole context of our lives, it’s become a specialist subject.
I can imagine, one day in the future, a teacher talking about the word ecology as though it were a footnote in history…

“Well, long ago, humans thought as though we were somehow separate from the world around us, from the processes that sustains life. We used this word “ecology” to describe the natural processes, but described it as though humans aren’t a part of it, which has had very tragic circumstances.

“Some while later, humans were suffixing “eco” onto nearly every word as they realized just how connected to ecology they were; things like ecopsychology, ecobusiness, ecopolitics etc. But the term “eco” was used so much it became superfluous and wasn’t needed for anything anymore, because every aspect of human existence was realised as a part of “ecology”. We cannot talk about human existence without ecology…”

Perhaps in the end, “ecology” will become superfluous. But before then, we need it, we need the idea of the importance of ecology and that idea needs reinforcing, it’s a word that will help us properly orientate our lives. And perhaps then, when our lives are so suffused with the concept, we can do away with the word.

But not yet…

(Tao Te Ching quote from http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/core9/phalsall/texts/taote-v3.html)

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“Through us, Gaia has seen herself from space, and begins to know her place in the universe.” James Lovelock.
“We are not living on the Earth, we are part of how it lives.” David Richo
“You did not come into this world, you came out of it. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here.” Alan Watts
“Concern with the environment is no longer one of many “single issues”; it is the CONTEXT of everything else- our lives, our business, our politics.” Fritjof Capra
I’m reading a druidic text and come across an exercise that says something like “Imagine yourself as part of the Earth.” Ridiculous.
“Imagine…”
Imagine!
Why? Is it not something that’s not real? Do I not breathe, eat, shit and walk my existence as “part of the Earth” everyday of my life? Don’t the FOUR quotes above say it all!? As my girlfriend once said (on some different but similar thing) “I can’t breathe imaginary trees.”
FEEL (in your bones) that you are part of the Earth, REALISE (in your soul) that you are part of the Earth, but don’t delude yourself with imagine! Silly people, trying to imagine things when, really, it’s all very real! 😉 hehe
Now excuse me, I’m going to breathe concrete air from concrete trees!
(I love these quotes so much I’m sure they’ll turn up again (and may have even turned up before! hehe))