"A few words are needed to show the principal design of the mental ecology, something we have already done in several works and videos. The first step is to assume the legacy of the astronauts who saw the Earth from outer space, and realized that Earth and Humanity form a unique and inseparable entity that is part of a cosmic whole. The second is to know that we are the Earth that feels, thinks and loves, because homo (Latin for hombre and mujer, man and woman) comes from humus (fertile Earth.) The third, that it is our mission among all beings to be the guardians and those responsible for the destiny - happy or tragic - of this Earth, that is our Common Home. The fourth is that along with the natural capital that guarantees our material well being, must come the spiritual capital that secures those values, without which we cannot live humanly, such as good will, cooperation, compassion, tolerance, just measure, the limits of desire, the essential caring and love. These are some of the pillars that sustain the essay of a new civilization; friend of life, of nature and of the Earth. Either we learn these things by persuasion, or we will have to learn them by suffering. This is what history shows us." Leonardo Boff.
I like the work of Leonardo Boff, particularly his thinking on integral ecology(a different type than Ken Wilber's integral thinking). In light of the recent catastrophe in the gulf, his words carry more weight than ever for me, but I find it quite difficult to conceive that we could become more connected--the drives of capital seem to dictate how we are towards the earth. Much of the press seems driven to prove that this event is Obama's "Katrena" (I dont know if that is meant to redeem Bush or take Obama off of what is left of his pedestal), but there is very little in the major press, or I should say that I haven't seen much, about truly changing our ways. Perhaps the middle of a crisis is the wrong time, but when is there a better time really to discuss our vulnerability. In the meantime the scope of the disaster grows, attempts to stem this black plague continue to fail, and the beauty of the earth is threatened once again.