Monday, April 22, 2013

The forest teaches us union and compassion

The forest also teaches us enoughness: as a principle of equity, how to enjoy the gifts of nature without exploitation and accumulation. Tagore quotes from the ancient texts written in the forest: “Know all that moves in this moving world as enveloped by God; and find enjoyment through renunciation, not through greed of possession.” No species in a forest appropriates the share of another species. Every species sustains itself in cooperation with others.

The end of consumerism and accumulation is the beginning of the joy of living.” ~Vandana Shiva: Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest

Painting by Elisabeth Slettnes

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