5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
dserves 5 stars for what it tries to do,
This review is from: The Universe Story : From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era--A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos (Paperback)
The book is great in its aim. The story of the universe and our planet can inspire and inform. I simply wish the authors had kept to mainstream science a bit more in places. They also have a tendency to tell rather than show. I get a little uncomfortable when they preach. If they had done a better job of showing, they wouldn't have had to preach.
Some reviewers were offended by the phrase, "The well-being of the Earth is primary. Human well-being is derivative." They seem to think that this means that human well-being should be sacrificed for the good of the Earth.
However, when you consider our intimate interconnectedness with the planet, you will see that human well-being is impossible without the Earth doing well also. Until we can get along without eating, drinking, and breathing, we are going to need to take care of this planet also. The sentence means what it says. We are part of the Earth; the Earth is part of us. We're constantly exchanging atoms with Earth and its systems. Our interconnectedness isn't poetry of or pious wish, it's a simple fact. The tears you cry today were rain in the mountains last year; the breath in your lungs was breathed by the dinosaurs.