Joanna Macy

  • Good Earth Day Paid Member

    Hello Earth. What can we say to you on a day like today—your day—when the glaciers are melting and the rivers are rising? That we're sorry? We know that you're sick. We know that we've taken advantage of you, that we're responsible for your dangerously high temperatures. Should we apologize to you on your big day? At a moment like this, would it be awkward if we said "Thank you"?On this Earth Day I'm thinking of something that Kurt Vonnegut wrote towards the end of his life. The crucified planet Earth, should it find a voice and a sense of irony, might now well say of our abuse of it, “Forgive them, Father. They know not what they do.” The irony would be that we know what we are doing. When the last living thing has died on account of us, how poetic it would be if Earth could say, in a voice floating up perhaps from the floor of the Grand Canyon, “It is done. People did not like it here.” More »
  • A Wild Love for the World: Joanna Macy on Being Paid Member

    Joanna Macy is interviewed by Krista Tippett this week on Being (formerly Speaking of Faith). Macy is a Buddhist scholar, philosopher of ecology, and a translator of Rilke. During the interview they use Rilke’s poetry to frame the conversation about Macy’s work and world paradigm. Listen to “A Wild Love for the World.” Here is the Rilke poem that Macy credits with eliminating the "constrictions that my culture had made around the sacred": I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world. I may not complete this last one but I give myself to it. I have been circling around God, around the primordial tower. I've been circling for thousands of years and I still don't know: am I a falcon, More »