“It seeks beauty and balance
and re-asserts that we are
Nature — Nature is us;
what we do to it,
we do to ourselves.”
The next day, following her sunrise exercise and meditation routine on the forward trampoline and before the other passengers had come up onto the deck, Lua confessed to me that she felt deeply heartsick about how many people she had met over the years that see the world in the same way that Tucker does.
She said that she believed this was the fault of our narrowly focused and obsolete programs of education.
The education required for thriving in the 21st century will need to be radically different than what we have become accustomed to, she asserted.
It will have to draw on ecological design intelligence and systems thinking to understand the full context in which we live and to deal effectively with the complex and interrelated problems we will face.
With regard to our interaction with 'the natural world,' the new approach would drop the old ideas of ‘environmentalism,’ notions of separation, and the hubris of human exceptionalism — which are reactive, imply human-nonhuman duality, and treat only symptoms.
It will focus more on what could be described as ‘biospherism.’
She explained it like this,
"Biospherism is proactive, implies unity and connection, and addresses underlying root causes, not superficial symptoms. It seeks beauty and balance and re-asserts that we are Nature — Nature is us; what we do to it, we do to ourselves."
More generally, the education required to deal with our complex challenges will require that we think much more broadly and critically; that we treat new ideas with respect, attention, and good humor; and that we accurately perceive systems and patterns.
We must consider long-term effects of our actions in the living world to help create healthy, durable, resilient, just, and prosperous human communities that maintain thriving, regenerative land and sea ecosystems and sustainable food supplies.
Education in this new century will have the daunting task of preparing us to deal effectively with complex ecological challenges that are now global in scale.
It will also need to equip us with the new problem-solving, co-creating, and leadership skills that will be required to safely navigate a more-likely-than-not fiercely difficult future.
I felt just as concerned about our preparedness for dealing with our mounting ecological challenges as Lua was — for I too had been following these disturbing negative environmental trends for many years…