In Honor of Thomas Berry (1914-2009)

“It’s all a question of story. We are in trouble just now because we do not have a good story. We are in between stories. The old story, the account of how we fit into it, is no longer effective. Yet we have not learned the new story.”

“We are talking only to ourselves. We are not talking to the rivers. We are not listening to the wind and stars. We have broken the great conversation. By breaking that conversation we have shattered the universe. All the disasters that are happening now are a consequence of that spiritual ‘autism.’ “

“Listen to these words carefully. The universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects. And listen to this: The human is derivative. The planet is primary.”

“Diversity is the magic. It is the first manifestation, the first beginning of the differentiation of a thing and of simple identity. The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection.”

“The natural world is the larger sacred community to which we belong. To be alienated from this community is to become destitute in all that makes us human.  To damage this community is to diminish our own existence.”

Published on June 10, 2009 at 12:37 PM Comments

2 comments on “In Honor of Thomas Berry (1914-2009)

  1. Maureen Catabian says:

    I love this link on Thomas Berry. Reading and watching about him and his wisdom about the Universe just gives my spirit great nourishment. Thanks!

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