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

1 "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

2 "'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."

3 "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.'"

4 "(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

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

6 "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

7 "The wise is one only." Heraclitus

8 "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."

9 "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

10 "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'

11 "This earthen womb knows unerringly the worth of each of her children." Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957), 'Report to Greco'

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

13 "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'

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

15 "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.'"

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

17 "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."

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

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

20 "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

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

22 "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."

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 "The earth and the self are one. The roots of the earth are the roots of one's own existence. The earth is oneself." Daisetz Suzuki, Japanese Zen Buddhist scholar

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite