21 August 2009

Arne Naess (1912 - 2009)

The ecosophical outlook is developed through an identification so deep that one’s own self is no longer adequately delimited by the personal ego or the organism. One experiences oneself to be a genuine part of all life... We are not outside the rest of nature and therefore cannot do with is as we please without changing ourselves ...
Paleontology reveals that the development of life on earth is an integrated process, despite the steadily increasing diversity and complexity. The nature and limitation of this unity can be debated. Still, this is something basic. 'Life is fundamentally one.'
Arne Naess- on Deep Ecology.