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I find aspects of my worldview and outlook on life are, to some degree, associated with taking a human being centered viewpoint where humans are the most important thing in the universe. I feel humans are special, stand apart from nature, and "the world belongs to humans.” I am comfortable with the increasing commodification of everything and valuing other things based on usefulness to humans.  (Note: some extend this in worshiping a Personal and Moralistic God and highly valuing their own ultimate salvation.)


I believe that humans are part of nature, not its rulers. People should cherish, revere, and sometimes stand in awe of natural beauty, not despoil it or threaten the integrity of ecosystems. The inter-connected unity of its parts / processes should be valued without regard to usefulness to people. Beyond respect, some feel they belong to nature. Sources of this feeling include a living in nature groundedness, and indigenous religion. Natural pantheists identify God with a self-organizing, ever evolving universe. Some worship the Goddess. Animists talk of gods inhabiting special places.

Note: With version 4.0, these themes are new to the Project Worldview theme structure in March, 2019.
As such this page may be rather incomplete or still "under construction" for quite awhile!

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #104A: 


More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #104B: 

Respect for Nature

Anthropocentrism (from online encyclopedia) Ecocentrism (from online encyclopedia)
Human Exceptionalism (from online encyclopedia) Stewardship (from online encyclopedia)
Commodity (from online encyclopedia) Wilderness (from online encyclopedia)
Exchange Value (from online encyclopedia) ecosystems (from online encyclopedia)
salvation (from online encyclopedia) Eco-feminist perspective (from online encyclopedia)
Worldview Watch issue #60, posted 5/15/2019 Tough Choices Behind Positions on Responding to Climate Change Ecology (from online encyclopedia)
When the Killing's Done by T. C. Boyle (NY Times review by Barbara Kingsolver of 2011 fiction book about human view of problem animals vs. an ecosystem based respect for nature view)
  Deep Ecology (from online encyclopedia)
  Conservation Ethic (from online encyclopedia)
  Environmental Ethics (2002 article online at Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
  Animism (from online encyclopedia)
  Naturopathic Medicine (from online encyclopedia)
  Panentheism (from online encyclopedia) 
  Biodiversity (from online encyclopedia)
  Living Planet Index (from online encyclopedia)
  Nature Therapy (from online encyclopedia)
  Manual Cordova Rios / The Wizard of the Upper Amazon (book provides intimate account of living in Amazon jungle and training to be a shaman; from online encyclopedia)
  PBS program Nature
  Scientific Pantheism: Reverence of Nature and Cosmos (whole website devoted to pantheism)
  What is Pantheism?  (from Pantheist Association for Nature)
  The Practice of Natural Pantheism
  Caring for Creation: links to religion and ecology sites
  Deep Ecology Movement
  The Great Story (educational site re:14 billion year evolutionary heritage of humanity told as sacred story)
  Earthlight -- The Magazine of Spiritual Ecology
  A Profile of Thomas Berry,  by Matthew Fox
  The Paul Shepard (1925-1996) Website  (archives, celebrates a key contributor to deep ecology)
  Interview with Matthew Fox
  Black Elk Speaks (quotes from this Native American holy man on circles, the Great Spirit, belonging to nature, etc. from Wikiquote)
  "Hozho: Dine' Concept of Balance and Beauty" by Robert S. Drake (2004 paper on this Navaho concept)
  The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society by Frans de Waal (more on this 2010 book with excerpts from Google Books)
  God is Gone, Everything is Holy by Chet Raymo (more about this 2008 book by a well known science writer)
  The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth, by E.O. Wilson (book review in Washington Post)
  "Nature Demands Respect—On Hurricanes, Awe, and Humility"  by Anthony Makar (in UU World Dec 2017)
  Affluence Without Abundance: The Disappearing World of the Bushmen by James Suzman (interview with author by John Williams NY Times  July 23 2017)
  Biodiversity: Hang on (special report on Biodiversity and how economic growth may improve it, The Economist Sep 14 2013)
  "Adaptation and Defiance" by Jeffrey Lockwood (article about nature and climate change in UU World summer 2013)
  Plant Communications: Beans' Talk" (article about how plants use fungi to communicate, from The Economist July 6 2013)
  "The Ecological Turn in New Confucian Humanism: Implications for China and the World" by Tu Weiming (2001 essay)
  "The Continuity of Being: Chinese Visions of Nature" by Tu Weiming (summary of chapter in 1989 book) 
  Nature: An Environmental Cosmology, by Joseph Grange (read portions of this book at Google Books)
  The Well Dressed Ape, by Hannah Holmes (read portions of this 2009 book at Google Books)
  Christian Ecology, by Carl Pope, Sierra Club
  Forum on Religion and Ecology  (bibliography, etc)
  Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn (online encyclopedia account of novel about human history viz. the natural world)
  Newton County, Arkansas: The Natural State (2016 video portrait of individuals living close to nature and involved in environmental activist pursuits) 
  Belonging to the Universe by Fritjof Capra, etal) (refers to this book and "Ecoliteracy" path)
  Reason and Reverence, by William R. Murry (excerpt from book promoting humanistic religious naturalism)
  quotes related to nature
  quotes on wilderness

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