Stretching Our Minds to Include the Whole World

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For my blog post today, I’m sharing a recent post I wrote for Care2.com, an online community for people passionate about creating a better world. Here’s an excerpt from Stretching Our Minds to Include the Whole World:
"... All is not right with the world, even if the sea stars are back in Patten Bay.


More often than not, we humans are provincial, focusing our passions and concerns quite narrowly. Whether it’s our neighborhood or city (I was once a snobbish New Yorker who disdained other places), our state, our sports’ teams or our nation, so frequently we’re patriots of places defined by political boundaries.

Meanwhile, the earth is surely our truest sense of place and home, since every inch of it is connected to every other, difficult though that is for a land-based, non-migratory species such as we to fathom. Yet there I was, happy and relieved to see the sea stars on a late September afternoon, the melting waters of the arctic, the flooding regions of Pakistan, typhoon-struck Manila, all far from my mind, though as connected to the health of my home as the sea stars."

Read the complete essay.

For a humane world,

Zoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education
Author of Most Good, Least Harm, Above All, Be Kind, and The Power and Promise of Humane Education
My TEDx talk: “The World Becomes What You Teach"

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