Thursday, 20 February 2014

Touch the Web of Life, for
the Web of Life Touches us All

Image: Child touching the Web of Life

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”
~ Chief Seattle
Source: Goodreads: Book reviews, recommendations, and discussion: Chief Seattle  

It is irrefutable. We are all connected. And as much as we would like to think of ourselves “lords of nature,” the reality is we are not separate from it, from the planet that supports in; and indeed, the solar system—the sun—which in turn supports it.

We have no energy system to replace the sun. We have no technology whatsoever that comes close to replacing all that it does for the planet…and for us.

Likewise we rely on the systems of the planet: the water cycle; the carbon cycle; the countless ecosystems which interconnect to provide us the flora and fauna and moderate the planet’s climate.

Somehow, humanity has lost sight of all this.  Beginning largely in the industrial revolution, intensified in the technological revolution, we have become enthralled with all of our systems; everything we do for ourselves.

Sadly, so much of what we do for ourselves comes at the expense of the planet: masses of conventional, toxic and radiocactive waste; air, water and soil pollution; exploitation of finite natural resources; failure to responsibly manage renewable resources; and the list goes on.

We have lost our connection with the web of life; and, sadly, are at risk of becoming entangled in the web we have woven instead. A web of toxicity, scarcity, exploitation, detachment from the ecological realities which affect us all—industrialization or no; technologically advanced or not.

How can we reconnect with the web of life? Surely we cannot take on all the world’s problems! No one can shoulder the burden of environmental challenges which took generations to create. But can we turn the tide of exploitation and detachment from nature in our individual lives?

PeapodLife believes we can. We believe in indoor ecosystems. We believe in working, living, learning and healing in buildings which support nature in her highest expression: high-order rainforest ecosystems.

More than this, PeapodLife knows that when you live in the company of a rainforest ecosystem, you do much more than benefit materially from all it has to give. You reconnect with the essence of nature herself. You develop a meaningful relationship: one of mutual harmony and symbiosis.    

With PeapodLife, you become part of the web of life, once again. And being a part of the web of life is much better than being apart from it. Touching the web of life is better than weaving a web of destruction.

Take to heart the wise words of First Nations Elder Chief Seattle, who said:
“All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the earth
Befalls the sons of the earth.
Man did not weave the web of life,
He is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web,
He does to himself.”
~ Chief Seattle
Source: Goodreads: Book reviews, recommendations, and discussion: Chief Seattle  

Image: Chief Seattle, Chief of the Duwamish and Suquamish.
Photograph of drawing by artist Ray Coombs after the well-known photograph by E. M. Sammis

Touch the web of life; and let the web of life touch you.

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