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Learning Native WisdomWhat Traditional Cultures Teach Us about Subsistence, Sustainibility, and Spirtuality$
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Gary Holthaus

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124872

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124872.001.0001

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Why Subsistence, Sustainability, and Spirituality?

(p.3) Introduction
Learning Native Wisdom

Gary Holthaus

University Press of Kentucky

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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