Modern science is realising that the world is a living network – with profound implications, says Fritjof Capra…
“One Earth, One Humanity, One Future, the theme of the recent gathering to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of Resurgence, is one that has been conveyed by poets, philosophers and spiritual teachers throughout the ages. One of its most beautiful expressions is found in the celebrated speech attributed to Chief Seattle of the Suquamish and Duwamish tribes of what is now the state of Washington in the north-west of the USA:
This we know:
all things are connected
like the blood
that unites one family…
Whatever befalls the earth,
befalls the sons and daughters of the earth.
Man did not weave the web of life;
he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web,
he does to himself.
“The time-honoured notions of the web of life and the Earth community, or community of life, are fully consistent with a new conception of life that has emerged in science over the last 30 years. In my recent book The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision, co-authored with Pier Luigi Luisi, I offer a grand synthesis of this new scientific understanding of life.”
Read the full story by Fritjof Capra, physicist and systems theorist….
Image: Predestination, 2013 (76 x 143cm) by Minjung Kim www.minjung-kim.com