Sunday, July 09, 2006

The Open Space of Democracy

In the open space of democracy, beauty is not optional, but essential to our survival as a species. And technology is not rendered at the expense of life, but developed out of reverence for life. . .
The open space of democracy provides justice for all living things--plants, animals, rocks, and rivers, as well as human beings. . .
The power of nature is the power of life in association. Nothing stands alone. On my haunches, I see a sunburst lichen attached to limestone; algae and fungi are working together to break down rock into soil. I cannot help but recognize a radical form of democracy at play. Each organism is rooted in its biological niche, drawing its power from its relationship to other organisms. An equality of being contributes to an ecological state of health and succession. . .
The open space of democracy is not interested in hierarchies but in networks and systems where power is circular, not linear; a power reserved not for an entitled few, but shared and maintained by many.
--Terry Tempest Williams, The Open Space of Democracy

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