Deep Ecology, Part 11: The Human In Nature – Return To The Sacred Earth

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Deep Ecology for the 21st Century, Part 11: The Human In Nature – Return To The Sacred Earth with Carole Ann Heart, Winona Laduke, John Seed, Gus Dizerega, Ed Mcgaa/Eagle Man, Dolores Lachapelle, Connie Barlow, Allen Drengson and Paul Shepard

What is right relationship between humans and the rest of nature? Why is it so important to preserve wild places? Perhaps the most powerful and significant aspect of Deep Ecology is the way it leads directly into the realm of the spiritual—cultivating humility and reverence for the great mystery of life, and a sense of belonging to the larger body of the world. This theme is eloquently expanded upon by ecologists, philosophers and representatives of Earth-based spiritualities, including: Carole Ann Heart, Winona LaDuke, John Seed, Gus DiZerega, Ed McGaa/Eagle Man, Dolores LaChapelle, Connie Barlow, Allen Drengson and Paul Shepard. In the words of John Seed: “There’s only one thing that’s going to be of any use, and that’s a huge transformation in consciousness. Then we won’t need to dig everything up and cut everything down in order to be satisfied, because we’ve found a true satisfaction for that sense of emptiness inside ourselves.” (hosted by Michael Toms)

Topics explored in this program include:

  • Why granting respect and status to inanimate objects is important
  • A better way to pray
  • What the Bible really says about human “dominion”
  • The multi-leveled importance of wilderness
  • A more ecological image of God, and the meaning of “in God’s image”
  • Why the dominant culture needs to learn indigenous spirituality
  • The practice and purpose of the vision quest
  • The pitfalls of living solely in the rational hemisphere of your brain
  • The life-saving value of ritual and “community therapies”
  • Giving a name to the supernova that was the mother of us all
  • A new look at the bear and the wolf, and what they teach
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 10/1/1998       Program Number: 2726