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The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought
T. C. McLuhan

1 "The wise is one only." Heraclitus

2 "The beginning of all things is one and the end of all things is one, and the end and the beginning are the same." Hippocrates

3 "Everything on earth, every creature and plant wants to live without pain, so do them no harm. Treat all people in creation with respect; all is sacred." Linda Hogan, 'Mean Spirit'

4 "The old adage, We are the microcosm of the macrocosm, suggests that everything which exists in the universe also exists in the human body. This supports the fact of the interrelationship of all things."

5 "Keep peace with all your sisters and brothers. Humans whose minds are healthy desire such peace and justice." Linda Hogan, 'Mean Spirit'

6 "Heaven is my father and earth is my mother, and even such a small being as I finds an intimate place in their midst. Therefore, that which fills the universe I regard as my nature. All people are my brothers and sisters, and all things are my companions." Chang Tsai (1020-1077), Confucian master

7 "A persistent relatedness determines every factor of the universe and casts its mandate upon every detail of living."

8 "Make us find ourselves again in our love for you, brotherly earth!" Minas Dimakis (1916-1980), Greek poet and essayist

9 "The early Christian mystics referred to the quest for wholeness as the way of 'oneing'. Oneing is active everywhere: in art, poetry, the human body and psyche, the eternal wisdom in a great many of the world's traditional cosmologies….and above all in Nature."

10 "The whole sees, the whole perceives, the whole hears." Xenophanes (ca. 580 bce), Greek philosopher

11 "Each object is imbued with invisible fibers of light that reach out into the universe and are connected and related to all things and all times." Alex Jacobs, Iroquois (Native American) artist

12 "When a child is born into the world he is related to every other human being that lives. He finds himself in a constellation of belonging." The National Aboriginal Conference, Canberra

13 "All is fundamentally one." Masanobu Fukuoka, Japanese microbiologist

14 "All humanity are brothers." Takeichi Moritake, Ainu elder and poet

15 "The earth is not a dead body, but is inhabited by a spirit that is its life and soul. All created things, minerals included, draw their strength from the earth spirit. This spirit is life." Basilius Valentinus, Alchemist

16 "The whole of nature is contained within each of us." Kichizaemon Raku XV, contemporary craftsman

17 "The earth is mother of all." Ugandan proverb

18 "In the 'Li Chi', the (Chinese) Book of Ritual, we are given the definition of the human as the 'heart and mind of heaven and earth.'"

19 "The visible world was made to correspond to the world invisible and there is nothing in this world but is a symbol of something in that world." Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali, eleventh century visionary

20 "The Universe is basically good and throughout it great forces are at work striving to bring about a greater unity of all living things." Kenneth D. Kaunda (b. 1924), former president of the Republic of Zambia

21 "'In Homer, the whole world is a woof of organic umbilical cords,' writes the modern Greek poet and scholar George Seferis. He is describing a unifying experience of life whose expression is found everywhere in the belief systems of the world's traditional societies."

22 "Human nature – across all lands and all time – displays a striking consonance. Our similarities as human beings are far more deeply rooted than our differences, especially when we consider the most profound themes that people of all eras and all localities have pondered: our relation to the planet we share; to the earth we walk upon and its fruits that sustain us; to the limitless cosmos that we observe in the great dome of sky above us; to the mysteries that confound us as a species; to the fears and exaltations that unite us."

23 "In all that they did, our Indian ancestors acknowledged the goodness of the Creator and of all creation, including themselves." George Tinker, Osage-Lutheran scholar, 'Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation', speech given to the World Council of Churches in Seoul, Korea in 1991

24 "Mountains and rivers and the great earth: Everything reveals the Body of Buddha." Sayings of the Masters

25 "I have found that the eye which sees the whole circle expresses our soul simply and perfectly." Nikos Kazantzakis

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite