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aRachelCarson“As crude a weapon as the cave man’s club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life – a fabric on the one hand delicate and destructible, on the other miraculously tough and resilient, and capable of striking back in unexpected ways. These extraordinary capacities of life have been ignored by the practitioners of chemical control who have brought to their task no “high-minded orientation,” no humility before the vast forces with which they tamper.”

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring 1962

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Gregory Bateson“The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between the way Nature works and the way people think.”

Gregory Bateson

 

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2735leaf_structure“Scientists, when focusing their research on one particular thing, take a picture, with the linear mind, of the moments and the movements of that living thing through (supposed) three-dimensional space. They separate it out and isolate it. They take a piece of Nature, remove it from the flow of life and time, and study it, trying to understand Nature and life or, perhaps – to them – more simply, the leaf of a plant. But once it is removed from its living context, broken off from the matrix from which it exists, it is no longer what they think it to be. This unnatural separation can never produce the outcome they desire, and everything they decide based on that separation will always end up wrong.”

Stephen Harrod Buhner
Writer, herbalist

220px-Masanobu-Fukuoka

“Each factor is meaningful in the tangled web of interrelationships, but ceases to have any meaning when isolated from the whole. In spite of this, individual factors are extracted and studied in isolation all the time. Which is to say that such research attempts to find meaning in something from which it has wrested all meaning.”

Masanobu Fukuoka
Farmer, writer

 

 

 

images“What we can see depends heavily on what our culture has trained us to look for.”

Nell Irvin Painter
 Historian

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johann_wolfgang_von_goethe“When in the exercise of his powers of observation man undertakes to confront the world of nature, he will at first experience a tremendous compulsion to bring what he finds there under his control. Before long, however, these objects will thrust themselves upon him with such force that he, in turn, must feel the obligation to acknowledge their power and pay homage to their effects.”

Goethe

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rachel_carson“The ‘control of nature’ is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and the convenience of man.”

Rachel Carson
Biologist, Writer, Ecologist: 1907-1964

Americans Who Tell The Truth

 

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grass-mazes01The gods are not merciful about our distractions or our absent-mindedness. When we have seen light in a certain direction, we have to go further with it and follow the grain until the end of the journey.

When truth has been revealed to us, we cannot go back into the old pattern with our usual silly mistakes. No excuses will be accepted, no justifications can be offered, life is too demanding and we have to hold it in our hands.

Vanda Scaravelli

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best_thingsBetter a handful of quietness

Than both hands full with toil

And much chasing the wind

Ecclesiastes

 

A sure sign of spiritual growth:

You want more freedom, and less stuff.

Lisa Villa Prosen

The Problem:

The Story of Stuff

The High Price of Materialism

A Solution: 

Transition Culture

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