Earth Management: A Dialogue on Ancient Korean Wisdom and Its Lessons for a New Earth by ILCHI LEEEarth Management: A Dialogue on Ancient Korean Wisdom and Its Lessons for a New Earth by ILCHI LEE

Earth Management: A Dialogue on Ancient Korean Wisdom and Its Lessons for a New Earth

byILCHI LEE, Emanuel Pastreich, PhD

Paperback | September 20, 2016

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Answers to Today's Pressing Issues from Korea's Hongik Tradition of Empathy Ilchi Lee, a Korean visionary who globalized Korea's mind-body tradition, and Emanuel Pastreich, an American scholar of East Asian cultures, sat together for a conversation on a single question: What we can learn from ancient Korean wisdom that can help us create a more mindful and sustainable life on earth? Their conclusions are illuminated in this book and offer an inspiration for those looking for a new direction in this age of consumption and alienation. How did humanity wander so far off course, and how can we steer ourselves back to a life in harmony with the dynamic biome on which all life depends? The dialogue between these two figures suggests a new hope that small, daily actions taken by individuals can have a lasting impact on the entire planet.
Title:Earth Management: A Dialogue on Ancient Korean Wisdom and Its Lessons for a New EarthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:193 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:September 20, 2016Publisher:Best Life MediaLanguage:English

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(LEE) When most people ponder the future of the earth, they probably think of environmental problems. Environmentalism is no longer about protecting beautiful scenery. It has become a practical problem that must be addressed, like a dirty house. If a person's house is polluted, there's no way they can stay healthy. Likewise, the environment must be recognized as an urgent problem directly connected to our survival. I guess we could call it the evil of material civilization. Thanks to indiscriminate consumption, perfectly good things are thrown away, while, elsewhere, people are racking their brains over how to deal with the resulting garbage. . . .This success-centered value system, which is produced by capitalism, inevitably creates endless stress, and we cannot use it to solve environmental problems, either. We do need money, prestige, and power, but, more than these, we need character, a desire to seek the common good over selfish interests, a spirit that seeks the good of the whole. That's the Hongik spirit. I believe that fundamental change will happen when more people have the Hongik spirit and when they live for values higher than material success. In other words, when they live for the full development of their own highest character. (PASTREICH) That's right. The Hongik spirit is the most important part of any solution. When you talk about environmental problems, many people think only of the external environment. They think first of air pollution, solar panels, things like that. However, the real environmental problems are inside us, not outside. Although invisible, they can be found in human consciousness. Over the past two hundred years, everything around us has been commercialized and been turned into an ob¬ject for consumption due to the influence of the process of industrialization that started in the West. As Ilchi Lee has explained, we have just ripped up nature for power, money, and success. People have looked on nature only as an object that must be developed. The scientist Gus Speth put it this way: "I used to think that the top global environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse, and climate change. I thought that with thirty years of good science we could address these problems, but I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed, and apathy, and to deal with these we need a spiritual and cultural transformation, and we scientists don't know how to do that."