"If we continue to believe as we have always believed, we will continue to act as we have always acted. If we continue to act as we have always acted, we will continue to get what we have always gotten." John Adams, Thinking Today as if Tomorrow Mattered: The Rise of Sustainable Consciousness (Eartheart Enterprises, 2000) p. 93. [October 3, 2000]
"Destruction of the environment is not a natural catastrophe. It's us."
Karl-Henrik Robèrt, Founder of the Natural Step, speaking at the annual conference of TNS in Atlanta, Georgia, October 5, 2000
"No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew."
Margaret Wheatley, Leadership and the New Science: Learning About Organization from an Orderly Universe (Berrett-Kohler, 1992) p.5. [October 25, 2000]
"Sustainability is the 21st century agenda to complete the promise of democracy."
Diane Dillon Ridgley, October 6, 2000, at the annual conference of the Natural Step
"Any great change must expect opposition because it shakes the very foundation of privilege." Lucretia Coffin Mott, 1793-1880, minister, women's rights leader, abolitionist, peace activist, humanitarian [November 15, 2000]
"The future is created by the stories we tell about who we are and where we are going."
Betty Sue Flowers, Natural Step Annual Conference, Atlanta, October 6, 2000
"We must draw our standards from the natural world. We must honor with the humility of the wise the bounds of that natural world and the mystery which lies beyond them, admitting that there is something in the order of being which evidently exceeds all our competence."
Vaclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic, quoted in Biomimicry by Janine Benyus (Quill 1997), p.1.
"Our human responsibility as one voice among so many throughout the universe is to develop our capacities to listen as incessantly as the hovering hydrogen atoms, as profoundly as our primal ancestors and their faithful descendants in today's indigenous peoples. The adventure of the universe depends upon our capacity to listen."
Brian Swimme & Thomas Berry, The Universe Story (Harper 1992, p. 44)
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
"Each of us has the waves of every other organism entangled within our own make-up . . . supported and constituted, ultimately, by all there is in the universe."
Mae-Wan Ho, YES , spring 2000
"We cannot obilterate the continuities of history, nor can we move into the future without guidance from existing cultural forms. Yet, somehow we must reach even further back, to where our human genetic coding connects with the other species codings of the larger Earth community. Only then can we overcome the limitations of the anthropocentrism that binds us."
Thomas Berry in The Great Work
"If we know the elements simply in their isolated individual reality we have only minimal knowledge of what they really are. . . . There is a spiritual capacity in carbon as there is a carbon component functioning in our in our highest spiritual experience."
Thomas Berry in The Great Work
"Peace will not come out of clash of arms, but out of justice lived." Gandhi
"The most vital responsibility any manager ever has is to create an environment that nurtures creativity."
Allan Savory in Holistic Management
"Socialism collapsed because it did not allow prices to tell the economic truth. Capitalism will collapse because it does not allow prices to tell the ecological truth."
Øystein Dahle, retired vice president of Esso, Norway and the North Sea
"Terrorism, war, economic and political power, religious and racial intolerance are not the driving forces of the universe. They are the patterns of people out of touch with who they are, patterns defined by centuries of living in a world that does not recognize its unity with the Creator and the awesome wonder of creation."
Andy Smith in Connections
"True human beings can have no hope of an evolutionary future except in association with all the rest."
Teilhard de Chardin in The Human Phenomenon
"Bcteria . . . are the dominant form of life on earth--and always havea been, and probably always will be. They are more abundant, more indestructible, more diverse in biochemistry . . . and inhabit a greater range of environments than all other [life] combined."
Stephen Jay Gould, preface to The Five Kingdoms
"What's the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?"Henry David Thoreau
"The first day or so we all pointed to our countries. The third or fourth day we were pointing to our continents. By the fifth day we were aware of only one Earth."
Sultan Bin Salman al-Saud, astronaut from The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
"... we were made for something cosmic and will not fit peacefully into anything much smaller. And when we try to build our lives around anything much smaller than cosmos we become grotesque, and our institutions, be they religious or familial or educational or governmental are asked to do too much. They become misshapen and malformed and turn into instruments of cosmic and personal destruction."
Matthew Fox in Original Blessing (Tarcher-Putnam 2000 edition), p. 72.
"A civilization built on dualism and war within and between persons, one that puts its most creative minds and its best engineers to sadistic work building more and more destructive weapons, is no civilization at all. It needs a radical transformation from the heart outwards. It needs to outgrow and outlaw war just as in the last century it outlawed slavery. The human race has outgrown war, but it hardly knows it yet."
Matthew Fox Original Blessing (Tarcher-Putnam 2000 edition), p. 252.
"No matter how far down the wrong path you have gone -- turn back!"An ancient Chinese philosopher cited by Michael Shuman in the Eugene Weekly
"The world is not going to survive very much longer as humanity's captive." Ishmael, Daniel Quinn
"Any meaningful definition of truth has to include the effect on others of what you say."
- Harvey Jackins, The Rest of Our Lives, p. 289
bbbbThis text is part of the RC (The International Re-evaluation Counseling Communities) web site at http://www.rc.org, copyright 1998 by Harvey Jackins. All rights reserved.