Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | June 14, 2013

The Dance of Life

Satish Kumar talks here about taking Deep Ecology a step further into what he calls Reverential Ecology – Nature perceived as Divine. 


  1. Lots of us are saying similar things. Another term for this is animism (as reclaimed by Graham Harvey and others). Whilst agreeing with Satish about social Darwinian discourse, the idea of a ‘dance of life’ sounds a little euphemistic to me. Unless, that is, we’re clear that the dance includes predation, and a deathward facing aspect. It seems to me that co-operation and competition are complimentary principles, and that the latter – think astrological Mars! – needs to be honoured rather than fetishised or repressed.

  2. I apologise for hijacking your weblog Philip but, I pass on some of your blogs to my father. He instilled in me with great gentleness my deep spirituality to nature as divine without really knowing it. I wanted to say ‘ Happy Father’s Day ‘ and thank him for my knowledge of the dance of life.
    Thank you , also, Satish Kumar.

    • No problem Debbie – hijack away and happy father’s day to your dad too!

      • Thank you Philip.

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