Tom Bender

A Quote by Tom Bender

Sustainability requires a true transformation of our basic values, the development of a spiritual core to our lives and society, and a building of institutions that direct our actions in harmony with these values...giving, as a basis of action towards our surroundings, opens immense new possibilities. When designers or clients start asking, "What can this give?," we begin to find exciting new opportunities to strengthen the web of community in our cities. Planting street trees gives pedestrian shelter and lessens summer heat for the whole community. Building placement can create useful outside public spaces. Proper juxtaposition of uses can encourage community and 24-hour life in our cities.

Tom Bender

Source: Silence Song and Shadows: Our need for the sacred in our environment

Contributed by: Interiors For Healing

A Quote by Tom Bender

The sacred in our surroundings is essential for our well-being...the sacred teaches us the value of community - and ecologically-based economics, and including in our decisions costs passed on to others. It helps us understand the importance of "fair trade", rather then "free trade" whose only freedom is that of exploiting the less powerful. It gives us the basis for transforming and creating institutions which work to support rather than deplete the lasting supply of world resources, biosystem health, and the capabilities of human and global systems that constitute our real wealth. That act of holding sacred is key to healthy relationships which can sustain both us and our surroundings.

Tom Bender

Source: Silence Song and Shadows: Our need for the sacred in our environment

Contributed by: Interiors For Healing

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