The time is now.
Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own – indeed, to embrace the whole creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder.
This will happen if we see the need to revive our sense of belonging to a larger family of life, with which we have shared our evolutionary process.
In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other.
That time is now.
This quote is from Wagari Maathai's Nobel Peace Prize speech in 2004 and has not lost any of its importance and urgency to this day. On the contrary.
The facts are known - we must act urgently to mitigate the devastating effects of climate change. It is also becoming increasingly clear that we cannot look at the individual active factors separately. Social and gender inequality, poverty, hunger, unequal access to education and health care and environmental degradation are inextricably linked.
We live in a global interconnected reality. This has been impressively illustrated by the current Covid-19 pandemic. This crisis affects us all! The behavior of each individual counts.
The challenges of our time - whether economic, social or ecological - are always psychological challenges as well. In a sense, we are in an individual and collective crisis of meaning and identity.
We no longer see ourselves as part of nature, but as separated from it. This leads us to objectify our environment, to deny it any life and independent right to exist. This is also reflected in our language: we speak of battery farms, meat and food production instead of acknowledging that we are talking about living creatures. We deal with them accordingly. Unfortunately, this is not only limited to our natural environment, but also applies to the way we treat each other. A fact that can be traced back, among other things, to the idea of man as a homo economicus and is still partly reflected in our economy. A representation of human beings that assumes that we are rational throughout (spoiler alert: we are not), only pursuing our own interests and our subjectively defined goals.
This conception of humankind is long outdated and has already been refuted by countless studies.
We owe our survival, our development and our position at the top of the food chain above all to our ability to cooperate strategically. Nevertheless, we tend to confine our sympathy and willingness to cooperate to our immediate surroundings.
However, the challenges today call for global cooperation and compassion rather than competition and isolation. This applies to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as to climate change.
Economic progress without moral progress is no progress.
In order to bridge the gap between knowledge, attitude and behaviour, between fear and the courage to try something new, between ourselves and our environment, we have brought Re-gnosis into being (ancient Greek: gnō̂sis "(re-)cognition" or knowledge).
Reconnect to yourself, to others and to nature.
Re– Gratitude Iature Others Self Integration Spirit