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World as Lover, World as Self: Courage for Global Justice and Ecological Renewal Paperback – October 28, 2007
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For real spirituality, for a view of the self and the world both exhilarating and useful -- see Joanna Macy. Put her picture in the dictionary next to the word 'visionary'. She is helping us re-imagine time, the world and the self. She's not skipping the pain and she's telling the truth.
We say "everything is interconnected" but what does that mean? We produce depleted uranium with a half-life of 4.5 billion years -- how do we even start to think about that kind of time? What if it's already too late? Am I just a drama queen when I cry thinking about the polar bears who drown because they can't find ice on which to rest? These are the questions I have -- and this is the book for them.
I read an earlier version of this book when I was nineteen, sitting in a college library. I remember writing "the forests are my lungs outside the body" and understanding a little bit and reeling. For a week, I staggered around like a man hit on the head with a plank.
If our species and civilization are going to survive, we have to take a humungous leap. Recycling cans and eating blueberries is not going to be enough. Al Gore, Thomas Friedman, Lester Brown are lined up with suggestions but where does the strength and vision necessary for transformation come? For that, Joanna Macy is the best guide I have found.
The first two, I view, as life-denying; essentially painting this creation as fundamentally flawed if not downright evil, whereas the 'world as lover' is life-affirming. By far, most of the world's religions and philosophies follow the life-denying model, but this has always seemed counter-intuitive to me since I can't believe that the Creator emanates this manifestation in order for it to be denied or utterly transcended. When a person becomes aware of their true nature and the nature of creation we see that the creation fairly screams out with beauty and love; ever tends toward it. This is not for nothing as Joanna Macy's book makes abundantly clear. Our job is to be both fully aware in fully in love! In that, creation's promise is fulfilled.
Thank you, Joanna Macy, for this wonderful gift to all humankind.
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The self-destructive thoughts of mine vanished after reading this book.. after reading the first chapter, I was like.. what am I doing with my life.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
In our world of greed, corruption, disregard of the environment, and a complete lack of respect for the species we share the planet with, Joanna Macy is a voice of hope,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Harold J. Arns
This is a wonderful book. Joanna Macy was motivated to write this by her early involvement with the nuclear energy industry, but her message is equally applicable to the global... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jennifer Cure
Joanna Macy writes with simplicity and compassion about
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Joanna Macy is my hero. She has steadfastly delivered the message that we are all one and that we stand forth responsible for all creation as it is of us. Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by John Newman
This book outlines a reason to be active.... considering the world as our lover, and as ourself. It also provides specific steps to go through to get ready to have the internal... Read morePublished on October 15, 2012 by Donald Fleck
The best part about this book is that it empowered the reader rather than making him feel hopeless. Yes... the environment is in peril, but we CAN do something to help. Read morePublished on February 2, 2012 by Robert