Thursday, August 6, 2015

Notes toward that book you're going to want to read, 3rd installment

Human beings belong on Earth. We—as in the greater human family—belong here, but our modern societies ask us to believe the alien way and accept as fact the idea that the Earth is something other than a home we share with all the many other living and non-living beings. They are not resources; they are our relatives.

Do they know they're related to all life on Earth?
Are they acting in the interest of all their relatives?

Many of us recognize this alien way of living as an illness and pessimistically perceive, and dismiss, humankind—ourselves—as a cancer consuming its host, the Earth. Others, by contrast, hold out hope that some miraculous technological breakthrough will be realized that will allow us to innovate our way around the desolation that all prior generations of technology helped us to create. These optimists forget that it was such notions of technological progress—that it was such hope—that landed us where we are today, aliens on Earth.

Einstein may not have actually said this, but it's close
to other things he did say. Read about it here.

We are writing Reaching for the Good Life because we recognize that the society generating such death and desolation, even amid the riches it also produces, is incapable of transcending its worldview. When alienated from the Earth and all the many other-than-human relatives who call it home, human beings can only propose alien solutions to such desolation and those are no longer what we need to live rightly with our home. In this book we hope to help human beings recall that they are not aliens on the Earth by directing them to consider the philosophy of the Anishinaabe Indian people as embodied in their notion of the seven virtues—the Seven Grandfather teachings—that a human being should strive to embody, especially as those teachings are expressed in the Anishinaabe language.

The Seven Grandfathers as pictured by Leland Bell