Sacred Balance: A Visual Celebration of Our Place in Nature

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A stunning exploration of the web of life that unites all living things.

Based on David Suzuki and Amanda McConnell’s best-selling "The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature", a textual exploration of the web of life that unites all living things, this visual feast celebrates that connection in spectacular photographs, beautiful reproductions of artwork, and stunning electronmicrographs and satellite photographs. These images include photographs of dewdrops on a ...

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Overview


A stunning exploration of the web of life that unites all living things.

Based on David Suzuki and Amanda McConnell’s best-selling "The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature", a textual exploration of the web of life that unites all living things, this visual feast celebrates that connection in spectacular photographs, beautiful reproductions of artwork, and stunning electronmicrographs and satellite photographs. These images include photographs of dewdrops on a spider web, the Earth from space at night, a field full of wildflowers, vast herds of zebra, Inuit artwork, and more.

The accompanying text presents David Suzuki’s idiosyncratic, bold, and inspiring view of the human place on Earth, drawn from his life as a scientist, environmentalist, writer, and thinker. He identifies seven elements—earth, air, fire, water, biodiversity, love, and spirituality—which all human beings need to lead full, rich lives. The exquisite balance of these elements creates and maintains the web of life on Earth. We too are part of that web: like all living things, we are the sacred elements. We are made from and sustained by earth and air, fire and water. We are part of the totality of biological diversity that maintains the planet’s life support systems.

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This impressive coffee-table book invites readers, through word and image, to experience and reflect on the interconnectedness of all life. It opens with a somewhat overwritten and florid explanation of the evolution of life and then settles into a personal essay by Suzuki, a scientist and environmentalist. In this piece, the highlight of the written text, he describes his own transformation from a young researcher who believed that science could answer every problem to an environmental activist who came to realize that science often created as many problems as it solved. (In one fascinating vignette, he explores na ve enthusiasm for science by describing the universal praise in the 1950s for DEET, which his mother used to spray directly on the family's dinner just before serving it.) The book then devotes chapters to seven "elements" that are necessary to sustain life: water, air, fire, earth, biodiversity, love and spirit. "Spirit is beyond science," the authors say in the last chapter; it involves understanding the interdependence of life. The seven chapters are mostly taken up with DeCambra's stunning photographs, interspersed with quotations from various thinkers and excerpts from the sacred texts of the world's religions. Each chapter begins with a few introductory pages about its theme. Although these preambles contain some interesting tidbits ("there are 200 million insects for every human being on Earth") and a few insights into spirituality, the book's most original and memorable contribution is its photos. (Sept. 18) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553650652
  • Publisher: Greystone Books
  • Publication date: 10/10/2004
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 151
  • Sales rank: 695,001
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Water: The Ocean Flowing Through Our Veins 29
Air: The Breath of All Green Things 47
Fire: Let There be Light 61
Earth: Made From the Soil 75
Biodiversity: Protected by Our Kin 87
Love: The Tie That Binds 111
Spirit: Sacred Matter 131
Notes 149
Photo Credits 151
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