"We’re presently in the terminal Cenozoic and we have to move into a new period, something equivalent to the transition from the Mesozoic to the Cenozoic, or from the Paleozoic to the Mesozoic… So my own thinking has been to go back to a cosmological answer… My own approach is not psychological; it’s not sociological; it’s not theological or epistemological. My approach is cosmological.

We need a myth, but a myth that speaks out of the scientific tradition, something that is both scientific and mythic, because myth is a part of science; science

[itself] has a mythic dimension.

All things have a ‘person’ aspect, a subjective aspect. The universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects. Everything carries this capacity for presence and rapport in some way… If there is compassion in the universe, it must be a dimension of the universe. All things are a dimension of each other, all things express a dimension of the universe."

–Thomas Berry, Lectures in Assisi, Italy, 1991.

(Edited by Drew Dellinger)