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I believe humans are part of nature, not its rulers. I think animals and nature also have rights—even legal ones.  People should cherish, revere, and stand in awe of natural beauty, not despoil it or threaten integrity of ecosystems. This interconnected unity should be valued without regard to usefulness to people. Feeling you belong to nature can come from living in wilderness, working the soil, and indigenous religion. Natural pantheists identify God with a self-organizing, ever evolving, perhaps self aware  universe. Pantheists don’t recognize a Personal God, but typically equate God with the sum of all existence.

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a spade WV Theme...

...individual <---> nature

the theme is paired with: #104A  Human-Centered to make Choice #41   in the Choices We Make cards 

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Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

Stewardship Ecocentrism Wilderness
ecosystems Deep Ecology Eco-feminist perspective
Ecology  nature conservation Animism  
biogeochemical cycles Pantheism Biodiversity
Naturopathic Medicine Nature Therapy land ethic
  Living Planet Index Animal Testing animal rights
Anti-hunting relationship between animal ethics and environmental ethics Ethics of Eating Meat
  People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Pets Evacuation and Standards Act

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#8B   Belief in a Personal God #9A   Religious Fundamentalism  #9B  In God's Hands: Apocalypticism #14A  Salvation & Moralistic God   
#19A  Competitive Capitalism  #19B Corporate Capitalism   #22A Economic Growth   #22B Imperialism  
#26A The Consumerist    #26B  More is Better Mentality / Abundance #28A   Hedonistic Orientation   #43   Seeking Wealth & Power  
#46A Technological Fix  #46B Military Backers #50A Libertarian  #51B Big Business Pushes Limits
#101B Mind Narrowly Focused #204A Freedom From Limits    

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #104B: Respect for Nature

Environmental Ethics (2002 article online at Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
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)
Half of world’s bird species in decline as destruction of avian life intensifies  by Phoebe Weston (from The Guardian September 28 2011)
The People Cheering for Humanity’s End by Adam Kirsch (from The Atlantic Dec 1 2022)
"Animal Welfare--If Pigs Could Fly" (report from The Economist August 20 2022)
“The Doomsday Glacier” by Jeff Goodell (from Rolling Stone December 29 2021)
“Yes, We Can Grow 1 Trillion Trees to Help Fight Climate Change” by Jad Daley and Marc Benioff   (from Time August 27 2021)
"Protecting Biodiversity : The Other Emergency" (special section in The Economist June 19 2021)
Forest gardens’ show how Native land stewardship can outdo nature By Gabriel Popkin (story from National Geographic April 23 2021)
"A new UN report urges a radical shift in the way we think about nature" (CNN story February 18 2021)
"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)
From national security to natural security By Robert Carlson (from Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists  December 11, 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
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
The Humane Society of the United States 
The NonHuman Rights Project (group “working to achieve legal rights for animals”)
The Moral Status of Animals 
Animal Rights Issues (from Animal Liberation)
Animal Rights Concerns ("tackling animal rights issues and encouraging a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle")
Fear Factories: The Case for Compassionate Conservatism -- for Animals, by Matthew Scully 
Factory Farming / Farm Sanctuary ("the truth hurts...stop factory farming")
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal (book review by Matthew Cobb The Guardian October 6 2016)
"Animals in court -- do they have rights?" (article from The Economist Dec 22 2018)
Veganism: The Retreat from Meat  (report from The Economist October 13 2018)
"The No. 1 Cause of Climate Change the Media Don’t Mention " by Lee Camp (article about role of meat consumption July 2018)
"Growing Leather in Factories"   (report in The Economist August 26 2017 about making leather w/o killing animals)

"For Tracey Stewart, Life After The 'Daily Show' Is All About The Animals" ( Nov 03, 2015 story on NPR about the book Do Unto Animals...)

"Slaughterhouses: A Jungle No More" (report on changes promoted by Temple Grandin, in The Economist October 10 2015)

"Animal Rights Parties: Free the Gold Fish" (report about Dutch pro animal rights party from The Economist December 21 2013)
"Scholars Explore Christian Perspectives on Animal Rights" by Mark Oppenheimer (report in The New York Times Dec 6 2013)
"'Factory Farms' Aren't Farms: They Are Concentration Camps for Animals" by Jim Hightower (April 24 2013 opinion piece post on Common Dreams)
"Oklahoma Lifts Horse Slaughter Ban" (March 29 2013 report from USA Today)
"Bills Seek End to Farm Animal Abuse Videos" by Tracie Cone (Mar 17 2013 report from The Associated Press )
"Why Animal Research Must Be Banned" by Alisa Manzelli (Dec 6 2012 opinion piece on Global Animal website) 
"The Last Days of Foie Gras" by Ed Leibowitz (story re: rise of animal rights in California; The Atlantic July 2012) 
"Animal Rights: Whales are People, Too" (Feb 25 2012 article in The Economist)
When the Killing's Done by T. C. Boyle (NY Times review by Barbara Kingsolver of 2011 fiction book about rights of animals / respect for nature)
How Meat Contributes to Global Warming, by Nathan Fiala (from Feb 2009 issue of Scientific American)
The Meat--Industrial Complex, by Mark Winne (March 2006 article from In These Times)
Which Animals Feel Pain?  
Earth Voice -- Protecting All Animals: Ethics & Ecology
Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us About Humanity by G.A. Bradshaw (excerpts from 2009 book at Google Books)
The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society  by Frans de Waal (review of this 2009 book)
Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals With Compassion by Marc Bekoff (more about this 2007 book)
Drawing the Line: Science and the Case for Animal Rights (review of 2002 book by Steven M. Wise)
Links to Animal Rights, Animal Welfare
Alternatives to Animal Testing (from Johns Hopkins University)
Abused No More: Rescued Fighting Dogs, by David von Drehle (in Time Magazine, December 7 2009)
Humane Farm Animal Care (non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals) 
All Animals are Equal, by Peter Singer
Do Animals Have Rights?  (another viewpoint: the objectivist / libertarian perspective)
North American Vegetarian Society
Vegetarian Organizations and Resources
Vegan Values: Is Veganism a Religion? (from Vegan Values website)
Vegetarian Friends (monthly journal from "Quakers and other people of faith in the practice of love for animals and a vegetarian diet")
What Animals Want: Expertise and Advocacy in Laboratory Animal Welfare Policy, By L.Carbone
Eco-Terrorism--The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (Re: USA law passed in Nov 2006) 
quotes from animal rights activists

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