Our place in the whole of life

Leonardo Boff

Ethics in the dominant society are utilitarian and anthropocentric. That is: society’s ethics accepts the illusion that nature’s beings only have reason to exist to the degree they serve human beings, and that humans can dispose of them at will. Humans consider themselves the kings and queens of creation.

The Judeo-Christian tradition reinforced this idea with its “subdue the Earth and dominate all that lives and moves upon Her” (Gn 1,28).

Now we know that we humans were among the last beings to enter the scene of creation. When it was 99.98% complete, we appeared. The universe, the Earth and her eco-systems did not need us to organize themselves and to arrange their majestic complexity and beauty.

Each being has intrinsic value, independent of the use we make of it. Each being is a manifestation of that background Energy, as the cosmologists say, or of that Abyss generator of all…

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  1. Yes, we are recent and with a beautiful natural function however it came to bloom. Even so, our roots are cosmic waves as old as the universe. Your words are pure pleasure to read. We are ready to write a small pocket constitution ? I suggest a democracy with seven branches, to focus cosmic powered biology, surfing Big Bang at life speed, far faster than the speed of light. Attempting to distort and control the bloom of cosmic power biology is attempting to saddle a tiger, an old parable.

    Sí, estamos reciente y con una hermosa función natural Sin embargo, llegamos a florecer. Aún así, nuestras raíces son ondas cósmicas la edad como el universo. Sus palabras son puro placer de leer. Estamos listos para escribir un pequeña constitución bolsillo?? Sugiero a la democracia con siete ramas, para enfocar la biología potencia cósmica, surf Big Bang a la velocidad de la vida, mucho más rápido que la velocidad de la luz. El intento de distorsionar y controlar la potencia de la floración de la biología cósmica está tratando de cargar a un tigre, una vieja parábola.

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