The Great Healing
Five Compassions That Can Save Our WorlD
More and more of us are realizing that we are facing humanity’s greatest challenge. Global warming now, during our lifetime, threatens to bring about the end of our Anthropocene Epoch — of us and virtually every multicellular life form.
Stephen Erickson introduces 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. Their stories also reveal the path to a solution through the Five Compassions, which are the topics of each chapter: Compassion for Animals, for Self, for the Land, for Community, and for Democracy.
These exquisite creatures are an emotional invitation, a way in to easily grasp our situation. Each chapter calls out a significant problem, one tied directly to the situation each of us find ourselves in. They are all interrelated. And they are related — well related — to our Arch-Villain. Most of us don’t realize who our Arch-Villain is — the main cause of our predicament. We all need to. We can’t win this fight without a clear, widely acknowledged understanding of who our Arch-Villain is.
The one solution we have has been in existence since the beginning of time. Key to achieving this solution at necessary scale are Five Compassions. Inspired compassionate activism can create The Great Healing: the healing of our planet, the halting of the ongoing sixth great extinction, and the preservation of as many species and living creatures in our biosphere as possible.
More than a “call-to-action” book, this is a book with a plan. Stephen has succeeded in making scientific, multifaceted ideas understandable, even interesting. This is a “save-the-planet” book with an important essential role for each one of us.
Philosopher Joanna Macy realizes in World as Lover, World as Self, “We are now at a point unlike any other in our story. Perhaps we have, in some way, chosen to be here at this culminating chapter or turning point. We have opted to be alive when the stakes are high to test everything we have ever learned about interconnectedness and courage — to test it now when it could be the end of conscious life on this beautiful water planet hanging like a jewel in space.
“In primal societies rites of passage are held for adolescents, because it is then that the fact of personal death or mortality is integrated into the personality. The individual goes through the prescribed ordeal of the initiation rite in order to integrate that knowledge, so that he or she can assume the rights and responsibilities of adulthood. That is what we are doing right now on the collective level in this planet-time. We are confronting and integrating into our awareness our mortality as a species. We must do that so that we can wake up and assume the rights and responsibilities of planetary adulthood.”
There is a reason you were born here in human form at this very special time. You matter. You. You have the power to help create the future you want to see — and to save our planet. You must find your voice and 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.
And for now — just for now — we have the time.
Ice cap at Nordaustlandet, Norway, August 7, 2014. The waterfalls cascading 700 feet into the Atlantic Ocean are Arctic ice meltwater. ©Paul Nicklen