“We have the greatest technological knowledge of any civilization, but we have forgotten what it means to be alive in the world, to be alive in a living universe. Yet without this living connection to the world, our lives become trivial, routine, and mechanical.
Being cut off, we start to wonder about the meaning of life and raise other abstract questions, while meaning itself is an experience of being bonded to the world and others at the very deepest level…
When we experience the deeply moving beauty of the Earth seen from space and intuitively realize that all life is bound together, facing a common fate, we automatically sense ourselves as participants in life’s tapestry, not as disembodied spectators.
The idea that nature possesses a living intelligence is not something of just historical or academic interest; I wrote this book out of my strongly held belief that a deeper and more accurate worldview is needed if future generations will be able to inhabit a beautiful and flourishing world in which life is truly worth living.
In this sense, “Restoring the Soul of the World” is not about the past, but about our own time and the future… We are beginning to see hints of a new, emerging worldview, based not on exploitation, but on the idea of learning from nature—and collaborating with nature’s intelligence—to create a better, more healthy, and more fulfilling world for all.
If both human beings and the living planet are going to have a flourishing future, gone are the days in which we can think of ourselves as the masters and controllers of nature. The alternative to control is a spirit of partnership, in which we work in collaboration with nature’s living systems..
At its deepest level, the new science of ecological design shows how we can solve our most pressing human problems by drawing upon, and working with, the genius of nature’s design intelligence, developed and tested over the course of 3.8 billion years…
While species loss is not reversible, the Earth’s living systems are resilient (until they reach a certain point), and regeneration is possible. We already know how to make this happen. Should we also possess the love, desire, and will needed to accomplish it, through the use of ecological design, we humans—working in true collaboration with nature—could restore health to the world’s living systems, and radically reduce our own ecological footprint.”