In association with hhdlstudycirclemontreal.org

Speaking of Nature

You’re receiving this email because you are a DailyGood subscriber.
Trouble Viewing? On a mobile? Just click here. Not interested anymore? Unsubscribe.
DailyGood News That Inspires

January 19, 2020

a project of ServiceSpace

Speaking of Nature

When we tell them that the tree is not a who, but an it, we make that maple an object; we put a barrier between us, absolving ourselves of moral responsibility and opening the door to exploitation.

– Robin Wall Kimmerer –

Speaking of Nature

“We have a special grammar for personhood. We would never say of our late neighbor, “It is buried in Oakwood Cemetery.” Such language would be deeply disrespectful and would rob him of his humanity. We use instead a special grammar for humans: we distinguish them with the use of he or she, a grammar of personhood for both living and dead Homo sapiens. Yet we say of the oriole warbling comfort to mourners from the treetops or the oak tree herself beneath whom we stand, “It lives in Oakwood Cemetery.” In the English language, a human alone has distinction while all other living beings are lumped with the nonliving “its.” As a botany professor, I am as interested in the pale-green lichens slowly dissolving the words on the gravestones as in the almost-forgotten names, and the students, too, look past the stones for inky cap mushrooms in the grass or a glimpse of an urban fox.” Robin Wall Kimmerer shares more on the grammar of animacy in this shimmering piece. { read more }

Be The Change

For more inspiration from Kimmerer read this excerpt, “Returning the Gift.” { more }

COMMENT | RATE Email Twitter FaceBook

Related Good News

Smile Big
Love Freely
Meditate
Give Back

One Teacher’s Brilliant response to Columbine

Are You Walking Through Life in an Underslept State?

Mary Oliver: Instructions for Living A Life

The Joy of Being a Woman in Her Seventies

Smile Big
Love Freely
Meditate
Give Back

7 Simple Ways to Cultivate Comfort

On Being Alone

Why Singing in a Choir Makes You Happier

4 Ways to Train Your Brain to Feel Better

DailyGood is a volunteer-run initiative that delivers “good news” to 247,056 subscribers. There are many ways to help. To unsubscribe, click here.

Other ServiceSpace projects include:

KindSpring // KarmaTube // Conversations // Awakin // More

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: