Nature is perceived romantically as a sort of utopia that contrasts with the distopia of the urban spreads and their frenzied materialism. The image of the ‘noble savage’ depicted by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, living harmoniously with nature, free of the ‘evils’ of selfishness, inspires environmental fundamentalists until today.

On the other hand, the anthropocentric and unfortunately still very much current view, is that man, being the main component of creation, has the right to exploit ad infinitum, the natural resources of the planet, that were predestined to him by some divine decree. However, we cannot deny that other species have their own place as well. There are more microbes in a cubic centimeter of soil than there have been human beings in all of history.
Only recently, we have started to question these

There is a sense of helplessness and soul-searching after one of the most powerful earthquakes in recorded memory hit the north-east of Japan.  At the same time it is amazing to observe the offers of help from around the world flowing in for the victims of this humungous disaster.  During these catastrophes does anyone stop to consider caste, creed, religion, gender, status?  No!  Suddenly at these times of human crisis, we abandon our ego, our personal limitations and needs, and our sole focus is survival and sharing hope and compassion.

We do it because we cannot bear to see the sorrow and suffering of others and all of a sudden, their pain becomes our pain.  Imagine the death of loved ones, homes ruined, a lifetime’s earnings lost; all in a single wave!  As we reach out as one big family, this is an example of humanity and spirituality at work; sowing the seeds of kindness and compassion selflessly.

Japanese Earthquake Disaster

Download this file (Japanese Earthquake Disaster.pdf)Japanese Earthquake Disaster.pdf[ ]394 kB

We know that if we are to make an impact on the Environmental Crises, patterns of consumption have to shift substantially. We need a tidal wave of change towards ecological choices, so that we all feel like citizens of the world when we make decisions about buying products and services. And this would require a major shift in the conscience of the majority. Yes, recycling our waste is a great contribution to the crises, but it is our ability to reduce what we consume that is the most powerful lever we need to pull.

In short, we all need to care more about the impact we create through the choices we make.

And of course many of us do already care. But to avert the crises we are heading towards we all need to care about our own individual impact much more. And we need to care about that impact whether or not it effects us or the people in our life. Barack Obama identified one of the most serious problems of our age is a crises of empathy.


I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. John Burroughs