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The Dream of the Earth Paperback – October 1, 2006
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Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
There are many potent passages all through this work and I picked out one that I felt was inclusive of the gist of the book.
..."This universe itself, but especially the planet Earth, needs to be experienced as the primary healer, primary commercial establishment, and primary lawgiver for all that exists within this life community. The basic spirituality communicated by the natural world can also be considered as normative for the future ecological age."- Page 120
This is an excellent treatise on reverence for the creative life forces that sustain us and treat us daily to a plethora of interactive life processes and our need to acknowledge this gift by treating it with the awe and respect it deserves.
Most see the coming ecological cataclysm (the next 50 years) as impossible to avoid or as nonsense. It is neither of those things. If this book doesn't drive you to change your lifestyle, nothing will.
Everywhere we hear from perceptive folk that our conventional story has grown dangerously obsolete, and only by reimagining the world and our place in it can we advance beyond the dysfunctional limits of the old story.
The "dream of the earth" so beautifully described in this work by "geologian" Thomas Berry just may be the "big enough story" needed now to creatively navigate the global transition from a way of destruction to a way of sustainable wisdom rooted in a respect for the earth as respect for our very own bodies
In this classic book, Thomas Berry summarizes and discusses the dire needs of our planet for healing. While not going so far as to advocate spiritual healing as a solution, Berry strongly advocates for awareness of the innate intelligence of Gaia.
Berry masterfully explores the mind-sets that have contributed to the dangerous depletion of our planetary resources. He suggests that we have yet to find the guiding myths and images to inspire us to relinquish our focus on personal and national material gains in order to properly focus our energies on relating to Gaia in a harmonious way.
The annotated bibliography invites focused further reading.
If we do not create a new mythology about who we are and how we live, then the earth will do away with us.
As a series of essays, it is of necessity disjointed and hence only a 4 star review but still recommended.
Get "The Universe Story" co-authored with Brian Swimme for the 5-star stuff!
He wrote in the Introduction to this 1988 book, “a new historical vision is emerging to guide us on our way to a more creative future… our world is the world of time and history and emergent evolutionary processes that extend from the first fiery energies of the universe through some billions of years to the shaping of the earth, to the emerging of life, and to the appearance of human consciousness. The position assumed in these essays is that such a new age and such a historical vision do exist, that a period of mutually enhancing human-earth relationships is being established.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Inspiring and deep. A must read for anyone interested in loving our Earth.Published 18 months ago by daniel h whitman
I had to get it for my Master's program and we used it very infrequently. The little we did use it, I thought it was a bunch of drivel.Published 20 months ago by Melekali
All of Thomas Berry's books are amazing. This along side all his others are always a good read. I highly recommend to any person looking to enlightened ones mind.Published on January 17, 2014 by ThaneCook
The best thinking on the subject of saving the
Earth I've read. It is beautiful and pleasing to
I love Thomas Berry's vision. I hope people will come to see themselves as earth and not a separate enity. His writing is beautiful as well as inspirational.Published on December 21, 2012 by KellyY
Thomas Berry writes beautiful prose, in this incredibly vibrant plea for our struggling planet. If you've never read Berry, this would be a good way to start. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by Nancy Flinchbaugh