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Nature_and_Environment.28

Human Ecology

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{Nature_and_Environment.28.11}: James River Martin {rivertree} Fri, 22 Oct 2004 13:30:55 CDT (40 lines)

{9}: Carl Sachs:

"My problem is this: I'm not yet convinced that ecology is any more
subversive of capitalism than, say, fluid dynamics or biochemistry
are."

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A lot depends on who's weilding the ideas and imagry of ecological
thought. Weilded just right, with a bit of poetry, ecology becomes
the poetry of 'interbeing' (Thich Nhat Hanh's word -- See: "The Sun
My Heart"). It is not obvious that ecological thinking *must* awaken
the dreamer from his dream of a separate self-I-ego. But it is
obvious to me that it *can*, when weilded poetically.

And since 'eco' comes from oikos, meaning 'house', it isn't long
before one looking into human ecology will see that our house is
divided, having walked two different and increasingly separated
paths in their becoming. The fork in the road is marked, and one way
is economics while the other is ecology. The gap widens as the
journey progresses. A house divided cannot stand, right? And so the
poetic human ecologist might look for ways of rejoining what was
torn asunder. But she will be most apt to be the one to see, through
the poetic vision of ecology, that the separation of the two is pure
illusion, not a fact at all. That the world is, through and through,
undivided, right down to the notion of self-as-object.

And that's where it all begins. With seeing clearly, or with seeing
confusedly. Clear seeing is subversive to confused seeing, and vice
versa. When ecology is as much poetry as science, and as
much 'religion' (religare "to bind fast"),
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=religion&searchmode=none ,
poetics becomes poiesis http://www.bartleby.com/61/97/P0399700.html

There are creations born of the dream of separation and narcissistic
egoism and there are creations born of prajna (wisdom) combined with
lovingkindness, generosity, compassion.... There are ways of living
which presume a separate self-object, and there are ways of living
which see through separation, into interbeing. My poetics of ecology
is the latter.

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