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Sacred Balance: A Visual Celebration of Our Place in Nature
     

Sacred Balance: A Visual Celebration of Our Place in Nature

by David Suzuki, Amanda McConnell, Maria DeCambra (With)
 

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In this stunning exploration of the web of life that unites all living things, David Suzuki and Amanda McConnell offer a visual feast of spectacular photographs, beautiful reproductions of artwork, and fascinating electron micrographs and satellite photographs -- all celebrating that connection. The accompanying text presents Suzuki's idiosyncratic, bold, and

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In this stunning exploration of the web of life that unites all living things, David Suzuki and Amanda McConnell offer a visual feast of spectacular photographs, beautiful reproductions of artwork, and fascinating electron micrographs and satellite photographs -- all celebrating that connection. The accompanying text presents Suzuki's idiosyncratic, bold, and inspiring view of the human place on Earth, drawn from his life as a scientist, environmentalist, writer, and thinker. The authors identify 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. We are held together by love. And we express and celebrate our understanding of our place on Earth through the mysteries of the spirit. Through a wealth of images, a remarkable text, and quotations from literature, poetry, myths, and other sources, this book provides a rich and uplifting expression of the sacred balance that is life.

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Publishers Weekly
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550549669
Publisher:
Greystone Books
Publication date:
08/13/2003
Series:
David Suzuki Foundation Titles Series
Pages:
151
Product dimensions:
9.28(w) x 12.36(h) x 0.89(d)

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