introduction

I want to introduce you to exquisite creatures, human and non-human. The challenges they face reveal the immensity of the threat facing each one of us — and its urgency.

More and more of us are realizing we are now facing humanity’s greatest challenge. Together, we are entering the fight of our lives — a fight for our lives. And we may not prevail. Over just the next two decades, the global warming climate crisis threatens to bring about the end of our Anthropocene Epoch — of us and virtually every multicellular life form.

Widespread awareness is essential. Most of us don’t realize who our Arch-Villain is — the main cause of our predicament. We all need to. And we can’t win this fight without a clear understanding of the one solution we have. One which has been in existence since the beginning of time. Key to achieving this solution rapidly and at necessary scale are Five Compassions: for Animals, for Self, for the Land, for Community, and for Democracy.

This is a “save-the-planet” book. Compassionate activism can create THE GREAT HEALING: the healing of our planet, the halting of Earth’s ongoing sixth great extinction, and the preservation of as many species and living creatures as possible. More than a “call-to-action” book, more than a book of compelling stories… this is a book with a plan.

Four esteemed thought leaders have joined me, contributing three new short essays, photos, and a poem:

  • Wendell Berry - essayist, novelist, poet, farmer, national treasure

  • Joel Fuhrman, MD - author of 5 New York Times bestsellers including Eat to Live, Super Immunity and The End of Diabetes

  • Jo-Anne McArthur - We Animals, investigative photojournalist whose images are as heartbreaking as they are beautiful

  • Alan Lewis - Food and Agriculture Policy for Natural Grocers

There is a reason you were born here in human form at this very special time. You matter. You are part of a special generation. You can create the future you want to see. Find your voice, use it. Join us in what will become the most important cause of all of humanity’s endeavors to date.

You have the power. More than you realize. You’ll see.

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About Stephen Erickson

Stephen has made a living with his writing for his entire career, yet The Great Healing is his first manuscript. He wrote and directed the feature film The Stonecutter. As an entertainment executive, he originated and established one Home Entertainment label and ran another, overseeing the licensing, development, marketing and worldwide release of nearly 400 programs onto broadcast, DVD and digital delivery platforms.

He helped raise his children on this fascinating planet during a short window of time that may prove to have been the most magnificent years for human beings ever to be alive.

With The Great Healing, his wish and his goal are the same: to engage your interest, to introduce you to exquisite creatures, to alert you to a dire threat, to reveal our singular solution, and take you on an emotional journey.

Important challenges are upon us.