Treating all of Nature as a Thou

Jun 15, 2011 by

Treating all of Nature as a Thou

Martin Buber said that the most fulfilling relationships are not I-It relationships, in which we relate to the other as an object, but I-Thou relationships, in which we relate to the whole being of the other, holistically.

Moments Count for the grazing buffaloJoseph Campbell ties into this idea in The Power of Myth, where he writes that First Nations people ”addressed all of life [not as an “it,” but] as a “thou”–the buffalo, the trees, the stones everything. You can address anything as a “thou,” and if you do it, you can feel the change in your psychology.”

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