Cognitive Liberty Recommended Reading
Roszak offers a way forward out of the paralyzing crises of our times. He challenges us to return to our "inherent intimacy with nature" and "innate animistic sensibility."
What is the bond between the human psyche and the living planet that nurtured us, and all of life, into existence? What is the link between our own mental health and the health of the greater biosphere? In this "bold, ambitious, philosophical essay" (Publishers Weekly), historian and cultural critic Roszak explores the relationships between psychology, ecology, and new scientific insights into systems in nature. Drawing on our understanding of the evolutionary, self-organizing universe, Roszak illuminates our rootedness in the greater web of life and explores the relationship between our own sanity and the larger-than-human world. The Voice of the Earth seeks to bridge the centuries-old split between the psychological and the ecological with a paradigm which sees the needs of the planet and the needs of the person as a continuum. The Earth's cry for rescue from the punishing weight of the industrial system we have created is our own cry for a scale and quality of life that will free us to become whole and healthy. This second edition contains a new afterword by the author.
For Betty whose words...
...green voices are singing the dark ecstatic metabolism of hidden Earth.
We may read the shaman's gestures,
we hear the heat of eggs in our bodies,
the clustering amorous atoms, molecules,
Miracles of future flesh, magnificence of bone,
arteries, sinews, spangled galaxies
craving form. *
...helped me hear the voice
*From Rescue and Restore by Betty Roszak