The future can exist only if humans understand how to commune with the natural world rather than exploit it, explains author and renowned ecologist Thomas Berry (The Dream of the Earth, The Universe Story). "Already the planet is so damaged and the future is so challenged by its rising human population that the terms of survival will be severe beyond anything we have known in the past."
This may make him sound like a scolding, doomsday prophet, but Berry is an optimistic soul, hopeful that humans will rise to the challenge of cherishing the natural world in the third millennium. "Our future destiny rests even more decisively on our capacity for intimacy in our human-Earth relations." Berry predicts. From this premise, Berry reveals why we need to adore our blessed planet, while also examining why we are culturally driven toward exploiting nature. Because Berry has a science background as well as a spiritual orientation (he is the founder of the History of Religions Program at Fordham University), he brings a balanced and fresh voice to social ecology. Even though he writes for the masses, Berry is by no means a lightweight--chapters include "Ecological Geography," "The Extractive Economy," "The Corporation Story," and "Reinventing the Human." --Gail Hudson
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Thomas Berry has a deep insight into the human-earth predicament. He calls on the human to become conscious of the human responsibility of care for creation. The human IS the universe come to consciousness of itself and realizing behavior must change if we are to be faithful to intergenerational justice claims of generations yet unborn; all life depends on the human response.
Berry, offers a wise reminder of our need to relate to the earth in harmony and care. This has implications for our institutions and systems, which are now destroying the biosphere. We need a psychosocial evolution if we are to survive as an ecological -humane species.
Thomas Berry clearly identifies the only way we can proceed in the future, if there is to be a future for earth. This is a must read for all who look for real solutions to our human problems. I highly recommend it!
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