Cosmology & Ecology

Without knowing where we come from or when (that is, how long it took), we are lost. Cosmology teaches us where we come from, where “here” is, and therefore gives us a hint as to where we are headed. If we don’t know our origins it’s very difficult to be clear on our goals. Cosmology is about time and space. πŸ’¦
We are gifted with a new cosmology today that, being offered by science, transcends nations, cultures, religions and personality types. Β πŸ’¦
Buckminster Fuller has observed that “becoming deliberately expansive instead of contractive, we ask, ‘How do we think in terms of the wholes?’ If it is true that the bigger the thinking becomes the more lastingly effective it is, we must ask, ‘How big can we think?’ Fuller decried the modern thinking that begins with parts and “never reaches the whole”. πŸ’¦
Rather, “in order to understand what is going on, we have to abandon starting with parts, and we must work instead from the whole to the particulars.” For “to learn anything you must start with the whole- with Universe. Comprehension of the whole alone leads to discovery of the significant intercomplementary functions to be played by the parts”. πŸ’¦
Cosmology creates a context. Context is so important. The modern age was more bent on text than context. The result is that we are, with the powers of knowledge and technology unleashed by modern education, destroying our very nest which is earth. By beginning with the whole, which is ecology, a postmodern education sets the context for all we do and are, a perspective that is sorely missing in modern consciousness, whether of politics, economics, religion, education, or morality. Anthropocentrism is not a context; it is an illusory way of seeing the world and of gerrymandering context to fit our projections and distortions and self-centered agendas. πŸ’¦
Thomas Berry tells us about the inherent connection between cosmology and Ecology when he states that “ecology” is functional cosmology”. Ecology is the local expression of the cosmos; it is the small hoop that mirrors the large hoop. A society that has lost cosmology has lost a sense of ecology and its relationship to the earth. And an educational system that has neglected ecology has lost its relationship to the cosmos. To study cosmology is to study ecology and vice versa. πŸ’¦
In a recent book, Lost Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, Richard Louv argues that schools may teach children about the facts of the Amazon forest but do little to encourage children to explore nature that is right where they live. The author spent ten years traveling around the country, in both urban and rural areas, interviewing children and parents about their experiences in nature. Scientific research finds that children who are given early and ongoing positive exposure to nature thrive in ways that those cut off from nature do not. Nature-play reduces stress, sharpens concentration, develops healthy bodies, promotescreative problem solving, and can help heal attention deficit disorder. It also develops one’s sense of marvel and awe. πŸ’¦

– derived and adapted from The A.W.E. Project by Matthew Fox…..

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