Published by: Moon Books / John Hunt Publishing
The Circle of Life is more than the food web. It’s a self-organizing system of global life-cooperation and energy dissipation. Its balance and stability have been taken for granted for millennia. But in the age of the climate crisis, the Circle is breaking down.
From the 1960s onward, philosophers, artists and spiritual teachers promoted the idea of the ‘Green Self’ to help us understand how the Circle works, and how we harm ourselves when we damage it.
But in all that time, the climate crisis only got worse. The Greening of the Self didn’t happen.
Using the science of ecology and a deep dive into human nature, this book explores what the Circle of Life really is, and what becomes of us when we face it in different ways. The exploration reveals a deeper eco-spiritual perspective, in which the Immensity of the Earth, and the breakdown of the Circle, are calls to action: to heal the Circle, and to create a better world.
table of contents
Kenosis: The Overview Effect
- The Greening Of The Self Did Not Happen
- Pure Anthropocentrism Didn’t Work Either
- And God Is Not Coming To Save Us
First Root Question: What Is The Circle Of Life?
- In Nature, There Is No Balance Of Nature
- Twelve Paths To Ecology
- The Primacy Of Symbiosis
- Little Whirlpools
- Tipping Points
- The Dialogue Of The Seen And The Unseen
- All Things Become The Things Of Man
- The Calling
Second Root Question: Who Faces The Circle of Life?
- Birth: Thrown-ness, Emergence, And Giftedness
- Infancy: Seeing, Hearing, Touching, And Knowing
- Childhood: The Naming Of The World
- Childhood: Innocence And Play
- Adolescence: Disenchantment
- Adulthood: Work And Mastery
- Adulthood: Shifting Baselines
- Middle Age: The Urban Hyper-Reality
- Middle Age: No Climate Reckoning
- Elderhood: We Broke The World For Nothing
- One Question, Many Answers
Third Root Question: Can The Circle Be Healed?
- Ecofascism Is Not Environmentalism
- The Gatekeepers of Human Nature
- Face The Immensity
- If There Is Magic
Plerosis: Green Sabbatical and Ecological Pilgrimage