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Reading #11

Discussion questions/keywords/summary from/of:

"The Web of Life" by Fritjof Capra.
pages 3-35

Discussion Questions:

1.) Do you agree or disagree with Capra's argument that leaders of today are failing to see how different problems are interrelated and are overlooking how their "solutions" affect the future?
2.) In your opinion, what has brought us to make "creating sustainable communities" the "great challenge of our time?"


Keywords:
1.) "crisis of perception" - This is a calamity that stems from the issue that most of us have an "outdated" viewpoint of the world and a "perception of reality inadequate for dealing with our overpopulated, golbally interconnected world."
2.) "sustainable society" - A sustainable society is one that is able to meet its own needs without endangering the lives of future generations.


Summary:
This excerpt centers on a "new scientific understanding of life at all levels of a living system." Capra stresses that the world is suffering from a great crisis of perception. Everyone seems to hold an outdated view of the world and often do not realize how problems are deeply interwoven and cannot be understood as separate entities. The new understanding of life that Capra discusses is something he calls "deep ecology." It involves spiritual understanding and connection with the world around us. He also discusses ethics/values and their importance to deep ecology. In the second section, he goes on to detail the evolution of thought involving deep ecology and an interconnected-ness in the world.