How did we lose our way & how do we get back?

This we know

“We are the earth, through the plants and animals that nourish us.
We are the rains and the oceans that flow through our veins.
We are the breath of the forests of the land, and the plants of the sea.
We are human animals, related to all other life as descendants of the firstborn cell.
We share with these kin a common history, written in our genes.
We share a common present, filled with uncertainty.
And we share a common future, as yet untold…”


The Declaration of Interdependence


What Went Wrong

Understanding the Consequences

Disconnection from Mother Earth

Separation from One Another

Separation from Other Species

What Went Wrong?

Understanding the problem

My premise is that we as humans became out of right balance with Mother Earth, and from there out of right balance with everything else (e.g. other humans, and other species). What has inspired me to create this website has been the drive to understand what went wrong and why, and then to move to exploring what we need to do to solve the problem.

I am certainly not the first to “parse” the question in this way. Thich Nhat Hahn, in his book Love Letter to the Earth, 2013, addresses this exact issue.

Page 27, “We can all see that Mother Earth is a great bodhisattva. When we see her in this way, with all her many virtues, we will walk more gently on her and treat all her children more gently. We will want to protect her and not harm her or any of the myriad forms of life she has given birth to. We will stop wreaking destruction and violence on Mother Earth. We will resolve the question of what we mistakenly call ‘the environmental problem.’  The Earth is not just the environment. The Earth is us.”
Thich Nhat Hahn has also identified this rupture (between humans and Mother Earth) as being the source of all other ills:
“We’re no longer in touch with ourselves, our family, our ancestors, the Earth, or the wonders of life around us. We have become alienated and feel lonely. This alienation is a kind of illness that has become an epidemic. So many of us feel empty inside and are searching for something to fill the vacuum. We try to fill the void by taking pills or intoxicants or by consuming things. Yet our addiction to consumerism, to buying and consuming things we don’t need, is causing so much stress, so much suffering, both to ourselves and to the Earth. Our craving for fame, wealth, and power is insatiable, and this puts a heavy strain on our own bodies and on the planet.”
“We can’t wait any longer to restore our relationship with the Earth because right now the Earth and everyone on Earth is in real danger. When a society is overcome by greed and pride, there is violence and unnecessary devastation. When we perpetrate violence toward our own and other species, we are being violent toward ourselves at the same time. When we know how to protect all beings, we will be protecting ourselves. A spiritual revolution is needed if we’re going to confront the environmental challenges that face us.”


Thich Nhat Hanh

Understanding the Consequences

Negative Consequences of Disconnection From Mother Earth

Disconnection from Mother Earth

This disconnection has caused:

The Climate Crisis


Depletion of Earth’s Resources


Pouring of pollution into the air, rivers, oceans


Melting icecaps, droughts, fires, famine

Disconnection from Mother Earth

This disconnection has caused:

Climate Crisis

Disconnection from One Another

This disconnection has caused:

Separation From One Another

“Power-over” Dynamics and “Othering” are at the root of our disfunction. This disconnection has caused / manifested as various symptoms:








or other kinds of economic imbalance


Greed, taking more than our share


lifestyles, technology, and evolution toward less meaningful connection

Separation from Other Species

Endangered Species

Exploitative Food Production Methods

Man’s “Dominance” Over Other Species

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