Week 4 Discussion: One planet is Home to Us All
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Ancient religions often looked to the environment, as this was where people gained sustenance and life. Daoism (Taoism) and Shinto are perfect examples of this. (They work well with Confucianism which gives a guide on how people should react outside of nature). Can these beliefs be incorporated into our current society and out interactions with nature?
Look at the principles of those religions:
Click here to access video: http://www.sixthtone.com/news/2019/taoist-monks-find-new-role-as-environmentalists (Links to an external site.)
Taoist Monks Find New Role as Environmentalists
Too many notions? How about 4. I think we can all consider 4 things!
(Focus on number 3, but the rest all work together as well.)
https://www.goodnet.org/articles/these-4-teachings-daoism-will-help-you-navigate-life (Links to an external site.)
Japan, Kami: The Gods of Shinto
Are they much different from the beliefs of enlightened individuals in our own society?
Are these ancient beliefs too far separated from out current societal norms to be relevant today?
Some say we might be using new technology and toys to remind us that we should still have deep ties to nature and our past. What do you think?
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jul/12/pokemon-go-addictive-game-shares-much-with-religious-devotion (Links to an external site.)
If Pokémon Go feels like a religion, that’s because it kind of is!
What are your thoughts on turning religious beliefs into Manga (graphic novels) and Anime (animated TV) and Videogames?
https://www.ted.com/talks/jon_mooallem_the_strange_story_of_the_teddy_bear_and_what_it_reveals_about_our_relationship_to_animals?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare (Links to an external site.)
Jon Mooallem at TED2014 How the teddy bear taught us compassion
While this story is fabulous, what are your thoughts on creating MORE stories where nature is praised over profit?
Have we turned from stewards for what God has created to “playing God” ourselves?
Do WE decide which species have the right to live or die?
What role does YOUR religion feel humans play in regards to the planet?
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