We all know our earth is in trouble. But is it beyond repair? Are we stuck with a planetary disaster we cannot hope to address?
Despite the reality we find ourselves in, Zen practitioner and author Susan Murphy reminds us of the astounding intelligence and magnificence of nature and argues that not only is it not too late, but that we all have the capacity to embrace this challenge with a sense of hope and reason.
By shining a sober light on the current state of emergency, Murphy delivers a brilliant rethink of the crisis we face, radically reimagining the stories we tell ourselves about the world, and illuminating the ways humanity might become the solution, rather than the problem.
What if we were to choose courage and resolve, rather than fear? What if we discovered the difference each of us could make and started to listen closely to what the earth is saying, and to our own connections with it?
In the tradition of the great eco-theologian Thomas Berry, Minding the Earth, Mending the World offers a profoundly hopeful second chance to engage with what it means to deeply mind the earth once more.
Dr Susan Murphy is a writer, authorised Zen teacher and filmmaker. Her last book, Upside Down Zen, was published in 2004. Film and television writing credits include The Midas Touch, Secrets (six one-off dramas) and in 1991, her own feature film as writer-director, Breathing Under Water. In 1997 Susan was awarded a five-year QEII Research Fellowship by the Australian Research Council in social ecology. She is a frequent freelance producer of feature radio works for ABC Radio National Radio Eye. She divides her time between Berry and Sydney.