Another paradigm: Listening to nature – Leonardo Boff

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.

[This is an important message. Just as English uses mostly nouns while indigenous languages use mainly verbs, creating world visions dominated by objects or action/process respectively, listening versus seeing creates perceptions and responses that will be crucial to our survival. We must decolonize our imaginations from the limits imposed by our deadly western industrial culture. Bob]

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