Another paradigm: Listening to nature – Leonardo Boff

[Articles and opinion pieces published in this blog do not necessarily reflect the polices and opinions of the organizers of the International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas. They are posted here to stimulate discussion and debate on issues relevant to degrowth.]

Now that the great rains will be coming soon; floods, storms, hurricanes and landslides, we must learn again to listen to nature.

Our entire Western culture, of Greek origin, is based on seeing. It is no accident that the central category – idea (eidos in Greek) – means vision. Tele-vision is its main expression. We have developed our vision to the fullest. With high powered telescopes we have penetrated even the depths of the universe, to see more distant galaxies. We have delved down to the most elemental particles and to the intimate mystery of life. To see is everything for us. But we must be aware that this is the way of Westerners, and not of everyone else.

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