From little things big things grow (song co-written by Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody). Yet, adoration of the individual hero and the ‘big’ person view of history prevails. In ‘Earth Emotions’ (May 2019) I see this trait as, in part, a failure to understand the symbiotic turn in life science. I argue: “Some humans have
Vitality requires something more than renewal, restoration, resilience, sustainability and regeneration. All these terms can inadvertently or deliberately be used to reproduce qualities and properties that are undesirable. Vitality, as a life force (elan vital) is eternally creative and it will always seek new ways of regaining health. I have given this idea a new
The political and policy realms will also have to be revolutionised by sumbiocentric thinking. The model for social and political systems is not Nature in general, it is life and how life is possible (and desirable) within the matrix of an ethically indifferent Nature. From this point onwards, there is nothing to stop this new
The spirit or force which holds things together, a feeling of symbiotic interconnectedness in life between the self and other beings (human and non-human) and their gathering together to live within shared Earth places and spaces. It is a feeling of intense affinity and sense of mutual empathy for other beings. It is a non-religious term
Symbiomimicry is beyond biomimicry in that the symbiotic elements of life processes are replicated in human creativity and design. We don’t just copy the form of life, we replicate the life processes that make the mutually beneficial associations between different life forms strong and healthy.