- Tapa blanda: 272 páginas
- Editor: Chapel Street Editions (2 de junio de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0993672531
- ISBN-13: 978-0993672538
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Tracking Down Ecological Guidance: Presence, Beauty, Survival (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 2 jun 2015
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Tracking Down Ecological Guidance is a road map to an emerging worldview. For several centuries the effect of the industrial revolution has been to reinforce the cultural assumption that Earth is just a storehouse of raw materials for human use, and the faster these resources are exploited the better off the human species will be. This exploitive worldview is failing; it no longer provides believable guidance for the human future. The ecological worldview now emerging is focused on what kind of readaptation makes sense given what is known about how Earth's ecosystems actually work. The essays gathered in Tracking Down Ecological Guidance compose a panorama of the author's engagement with the trajectories of culture and economic behaviour over the past fifty years. While the conflict between the growth economy and ecosystem integrity is central to the book, it is also focused on the means of "spiritual survival" - the ability to keep working for human betterment and environmental integrity despite the worst that may happen. As the failed adaptation of the industrial-consumer era plays out, the rise of an alternative, ecologically integrated economy becomes essential for human wellbeing. This book charts a journey through the "storm of progress" to an ecological worldview anchored in beauty and expressed in "right relationship" to our home places, and to the whole Earth. The book moves beyond the temptation of fatalism to a strategy for enhancing both economic and spiritual survival. Keith Helmuth is a founding member of Quaker Institute for the Future, and a co-author of Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy. He lives in Woodstock, New Brunswick where he now coordinates a community garden project.
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Our main religious stories, centered in the concept of a dominant moral will, may have played a useful role in the development of Western Civilization, he contends, but will provide guidance for the future only to the extent that they can bring to their center a refreshed understanding of the importance of the human-Earth relationship.
Helmuth discusses and exposes the flaws of several other religious belief systems. The belief in fatalism, despite the fact that it provides a believable story of the future, is based in a flawed assumption that our economy functions according to natural law; it also fails the test of certainty, and has a strong self-fulfilling dynamic. The belief in the saving power of technology is equally flawed. Technology surrounding our minds is very different from our minds surrounding technology. “Once technology becomes a mindset it is difficult to call into play the discrimination that is needed to shut any of it down, even when it is clearly damaging”.
The middle chapters consider this central issue of right human-Earth relationships from a variety of angles. How can cultural workers illuminate the issues and help us find our way? What is the role of higher education? How can Hopi cosmology and practice provide guidance? The epilogue, in a slight change of tone, provides a brief but cogent look at issues of energy, economics, finance, eco-justice and public policy.
This is a deeply humane, scientific-based, wide-ranging and thought-provoking read. Helmuth asserts that what we are attuned to is what will provide us with guidance, and offers that as both a warning and a source of hope. “If we are centered in right relationship, and if we live in communion with the commonwealth of life and the larger arc of Earth’s plenitude, we will have the reality of presence and the guidance of beauty to keep us upright and functional in the work we now have to do, and in whatever work is to come.”