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Introduction

Gary Holthaus

in Learning Native Wisdom

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780813124872
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135281 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124872.003.0002
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Learning native wisdom is important, since this would serve as a fundamental model in creating a sustainable culture. Although these models may have resulted from many different cultures, all of these grew from antiquity. The earth continues to lose what the Chinese referred to as its “ten thousand things” because of arrogance, greed, wants, and pride. As such, we find that the cause and cure to this world's disease remains not in science nor in technology, but rather on intellectual and spiritual resources. As stated by Confucianism scholar Mary Evelyn Tucker, the differentiation of life into matter and spirit and the notion that spirit is greater than matter “has given rise to a crisis of culture, a crisis of the environment, and a crisis of spirit.” This book contains meditations and essays on sustainability, and perceives this concept with two other equal concepts of subsistence and spirituality.

Keywords: native wisdom; subsistence; spirituality; sustainability; spiritual resources; intellectual resources

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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