Saturday, November 19, 2005

neo-christian, neo-pagan.

i guess most readers like this thought -

The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.
   - Wendell Berry

- but many thoughts and slogans carry implied, as well as explicit messages. here, the word 'responsibility' can be a substitute word for 'power.' ever heard a politician modestly accepting a new appointment ? he never says 'new power and authority' but he often makes a little speech about 'challenging new responsibilities'. for all wendell berry's image, his quote is about power, and contrasts with the one below -

"We abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." - Aldo Leopold

this guy sounds like wendell berry, but look a little closer and he is from a different political/religious/ecophilosophical tendency. whereas 'responsibility' is neo-christian - (we are separate from and in power over creation), 'respect' is neo-pagan, (nature is in power over us, because we are an integral part of nature).

i go with leopold. any other opinions ?


Blogger Nick said...

I appreciate this differentiation.
This is just one reason why a pagan world view is much more world friendly than the Christian view.

I would like to suggest we consider power-with rather than power-over.

Celtic Chritianity has taken this kind of thinking on board, though.

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