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

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

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

3 "(We have) the deep conviction that everything in the universe is connected, nothing stands alone." Amadou Hampate Ba (b. 1901), sage of Mali, West Africa

4 "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'

5 "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

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

7 "The wise is one only." Heraclitus

8 "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."

9 "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

10 "Look to each other, respect one another from the vantage point of a shared Earth – Earth as partner, not object; as Master Teacher, as the ideal One."

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

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

13 "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

14 "'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."

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

16 "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

17 "The thoughts of the earth are my thoughts….The voice of the earth is my voice." Song of the Earth Spirit, Navajo (Native American) origin legend

18 "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

19 "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

20 "The One Force, the All-Powerful Source of existence and the prime mover of the activities and motions of beings…is inside each being." Amadou Hampate Ba, 'Aspects de la civilisation africaine'

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

22 "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.'"

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

24 "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

25 "Aboriginal tradition…is a system of knowledge that regards man and nature as one corporate whole, sacred and eternal. In Confucian terms, its goal is 'to unite hearts and establish order.'"

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite