Community ConversationsCommunity Conversationshttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/113361Stokes CPGC Cafe2009-10-05T12:30:002009-10-05T13:30:00
October 5,2009 12:30PM–1:30PM
Stokes CPGC Cafe
"Madre Tierra (Mother Earth)" faciliated by Global Leader for Peace, Jorge Morales Toj
Community Conversations is a joint endeavor of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Activities Office, and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship which fosters open dialogue among members of the Haverford College community. Lively, hour-long discussions on contemporary issues will be guided by knowledgeable facilitators, including faculty, staff, students and other special guests.
Community Conversations will be hosted monthly from 12:30pm-1:30pm, with lunch provided. Fall semester events will be held in the CPGC Café (104 Stokes);
This month: Monday, October 5: MADRE TIERRA (Mother Earth) facilitated by Global Leader for Peace, Jorge Morales Toj.
In the indigenous peoples' world-view and in the very ways of their daily existence, our mother earth has a very profound significance. She is the mother that shelters us and gives us life. She is the place where life is created and re-created. We humans are but particles and elements belonging to a whole. In the indigenous view, man must nourish mother earth and must allow himself to be nourished by her. This deep relationship between man and earth as the source of life is the opposite of the colonizer's view, in which our mother earth is seen as an object to be possessed, pillaged, and destroyed. Now all human beings share the duty to recover the meaning of our relationship with our mother the earth and the duty to work so that she is respected as the source of life, in order to ensure the continuity of our existence as human beings. We must then preserve the earth, the environment in which we live, the space where our children are born and where they grow. Native flora and fauna must be utilized by man with a sense of respect and with the aim of preserving them. We must think intensely of a collective project for the future of humankind, guided by the indigenous principle of /buen vivir/, or living in/with goodness.
Is it possible to revitalize our sense of belonging to mother earth as her children? What must be our role as human beings in the preservation of mother earth?
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