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ozone_man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:24 PM
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22. I don't need an Earth mother myth either
though many relate to the Earth as a mother. I threw that out as an example of a myth that can exist side by side with living a sustainable life on Earth. When myths exist within a rational framework, they seem pretty harmless. One thing is clear, that we need nature, and we as a civilzation tends to think of ourselves as above nature. That is the most dangerous myth of all.

I totally agree about myths not being just religious in nature. But one thing that they have in common is that they tend to grow out of false premises or noncritical thinking. Our civilization needs a quick change toward critical thinking. But I think if we deal with religious and environmental myths, the rest falls into place. Teaching those seeking rewards in heaven that it is Earth where they should be seeking rewards, will get them to seek equity and social justice while they are alive, on Earth. Teaching sustainable living, science and ecology, treating the Earth and all life forms with respect, will tend to make people treat each other more respectfully, to consider the full costs of capitalism. It's all related. Myths like the one that humans have more rights than the rest of life on Earth are very destructive. This myth has it's origins in religion, which makes it even harder to dispel.

But today I hear that Pat Robertson believes that global warming is real, so it gives me some hope for human kind.
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