Here in the United States we are at the epicenter of dramatic global changes politically and culturally. Is the turmoil in the Middle East and elsewhere a sign that things are spinning out of control? Have we in the west used democracy for our own purposes at the expense of other cultures and the environment? How can we as individuals have any influence on such momentous events? On a more personal level, what is the meaning of your life? Where is your place in the world and in the cosmos? The questions abound. But where do we find the answers? Eco-philosopher Henryk Skolimowski suggests how they may be discovered within, “A new light that illumines our minds about the unity of the entire humankind.” His theology of light looks ahead to our biological and spiritual evolution into beings that can subsist on light alone. He points to the limitless generosity of light as evidence of our own altruistic nature. Dr. Skolimowski’s message is one of supreme hope as he tells of a cosmic blueprint for an ethics of abundance, generosity and transcendence that lies in the depths of the cosmos and in the essence of who we are as individuals.
Henryk Skolimowski was educated in Warsaw and at New College, Oxford, where he received his Ph.D. in 1964. He is professor emeritus of the University of Michigan, creator of eco-philosophy and the director of the Eco-Philosophy Center. He teaches at the Technical University of Lodz, in Poland, where in 1991 he was named Chair of Ecological Philosophy. He is a prolific author whose books include Eco-Philosophy: Designing New Tactics for Living (Marion Boyars 1981), which has been translated into twelve languages, The Participatory Mind: A New Theory of Knowledge and of the Universe (Penguin 1995), A Sacred Place to Dwell: Living With Reverence Upon the Earth (Vega 2002), and Light, Creativity and the Divinity of Being: A New Cosmic Philosophy.
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- How light uses you as an instrument of benevolence and transcendence
- What is the source of all forms of life
- How democracy can serve beings of different cultures and different species
- What part do you play in evolution
- Why the human psyche is sometimes motivated by envy rather than goodness and harmony
- What is the relationship between universal light and love and harmony
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 3/8/2004 Program Number: 3042