, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 106-109
Date: 16 Nov 2011

Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker: Journey of the Universe

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Perhaps you have felt it, too. Consider the consequences of Enlightenment philosopher René Descartes’s well-known formulation—not God, but “man as ‘master and proprietor of nature,’” as Czech author Milan Kundera puts it (2003, p. 41). We realize now that human progress under such human oversight has surprised us. In spite of discovering “miracles” of science and technology along the way, our path has not brought us into the better world we thought we wanted. It has conveyed us rather into the shadowlands of our Imperial dreams. Nature is vanishing from the planet. We have forgotten, contrived, or have never known most of history. We have not even been able to control our own irrational passions. So Kundera asks, “if God is gone and man is no longer master, then who is master?” “The planet is moving through the void without any master,” he suggests. This dismemberment from what you know you must belong to and can rely on feels like a cavernous emptiness in the center of your gut—it is, ...

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