Thomas Berry

A Quote by Thomas Berry on earth, humanity, life, community, environmentalism, spirituality, relationship, planet, gaia, and animals

In reality, there is a single integral community of the Earth that includes all its component members whether human or other than human. In this community every being has its own role to fulfill, its own dignity, its own inner spontaneity. Every being has its own voice. Every being declares itself to the entire universe. Every being enters into communion with other beings.

In every phase of our imaginative, aesthetic, and emotional lives we are profoundly dependent on this larger context of the surrounding world.

Thomas Berry

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A Quote by Thomas Berry on earth, humanity, story, mystery, life, environmentalism, spirituality, relationship, planet, gaia, and animals

For peoples, generally, their story of the universe and the human role within the universe is their primary source of intelligibility and value. Only through this story of how the Universe came to be in the beginning and how it came to be as it is does a person come to appreciate the meaning of life or to derive the psychic energy needed to deal effectively with those crisis moments that occur in the life of the individual and in the life of the society. Such a story communicates the most sacred of mysteries. Our story not only interprets the past, it also guides and inspires our shaping of the future.

Thomas Berry

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A Quote by Thomas Berry on earth, universe, language, story, listening, self, knowledge, planet, and gaia

The Universe story is the quintessence of reality. We perceive the story. We put it in our language, the birds put it in theirs, and the trees put it in theirs. We can read the story of the Universe in the trees. Everything tells the story of the Universe. The winds tell the story, literally, not just imaginatively. The story has its imprint everywhere, and that is why it is so important to know the story. If you do not know the story, in a sense you do not know yourself; you do not know anything.

Thomas Berry

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A Quote by Thomas Berry on earth, environment, spirituality, landscape, planet, listening, and gaia

Our difficulty is that we have become autistic. We no longer listen to what the Earth, its landscape, its atmospheric phenomena and all its living forms, its mountains and valleys, the rain, the wind, and all the flora and fauna of the planet are telling us.

Thomas Berry

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A Quote by Thomas Berry on universe, love, planet, earth, humanity, ecology, environmentalism, and life

Our present urgency is to recover a sense of the primacy of the Universe as our fundamental context, and the primacy of the Earth as the matrix from which life has emerged and on which life depends. Recovering this sense is essential to establishing the framework for mutually enhancing human-Earth relations for the flourishing of life on the planet.

Thomas Berry

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A Quote by Thomas Berry on universe, communinty, humanity, religion, sacred, and beingness

The universe itself is the primary sacred community. All human religion should be considered as participation in the religious aspect of the universe itself. It is false to say that humanity is the most excellent being in the universe. The most excellent being in the universe is the universe itself.

Thomas Berry

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A Quote by Thomas Berry on planetary, celebration, festival, life, global, purpose, earth, awakening, awareness, evolution, science, technology, industry, manufacturing, commerce, and finance

We might sometimes reflect and recall that the purpose of all our science, technology, industry, manufacturing, commerce, and finance is celebration, planetary celebration.  This is what moves the stars through the heavens and the earth through its seasons.  The final norm of judgment concerning the success or failure of our technologies is the extent to which they enable us to participate more fully in this grand festival.

Thomas Berry

Source: The Dream of the Earth, Pages: Pg. 69

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A Quote by Thomas Berry on universe, life, celebration, expression, and existence

The excitement of life is in the numinous experience wherein we are given to each other in that larger celebration of existence in which all things attain their highest expression, for the universe, by definition, is a single gorgeous celebratory event. 

Thomas Berry

Source: The Dream of the Earth, Pages: p.5

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A Quote by Thomas Berry on gaia, earth, evolution, community, and guidance

The time has come to lower our voices, to cease imposing our mechanistic patterns on the biological processes of the earth, to resist the impulse to control, to command, to force, to oppress, and to begin quite humbly to follow the guidance of the larger community on which all life depends. 

Thomas Berry

Source: The Dream of the Earth, Pages: xiv introduction

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A Quote by Thomas Berry on human, awe, reverence, and earth

The human venture depends absolutely on this quality of awe and reverence and joy in the Earth and all that lives and grows upon the Earth. As soon as we isolate ourselves from these currents of life and from the profound mood that these engender within us, then our basic life-satisfactions are diminished. None of our machine-made products, none of our computer-based achievements can evoke that total commitment to life.

Thomas Berry

Source: The Great Work: Our Way into the Future, Pages: 166..167

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