‘Good teachers don’t necessarily teach,’ says Odundo, ‘but they have the ability to observe and to detect talent. Instead of giving you the answers, they help you to work out why you are questioning. The teachers who inspired me were creative themselves, a bit rebellious and eccentric and allowed you to be eccentric or different.’
“Part of me died here / so another could go on.”
∆ Audre Lorde, from The Black Unicorn: Poems
In 1990, a conference entitled "Psychology as if the Whole Earth Mattered" was held at the Harvard-based Center for Psychology and Social Change. There a gathering of ecopsychologists concluded that "if the self is expanded to include the natural world, behavior leading to destruction of this world will be experienced as self-destruction." In one conference paper, Walter Christie, assistant chief of psychiatry at the Maine Medical Center, observed,
"The illusion of separateness we create in order to utter the words 'I am' is part of our problem in the modern world. We have always been far more a part of great patterns on the globe than our fearful egos can tolerate know ing... To preserve nature is to preserve the matrix through which we can experience our souls and the soul of the planet Earth."
Sarah Conn, a Cambridge clinical psychologist who had helped initiate a form of "ecotherapy," put it more dramatically. She contended that "the world is sick; it needs healing; it is speaking through us; and it speaks the loudest through the most sensitive of us."
“Everything summons us to death; nature, as if envious of the good she has done us, announces to us often and reminds us that she cannot leave us for long that bit of matter she lends us, which must not remain in the same hands, and which must eternally be in circulation: she needs it for other forms, she asks it back for other works.”
— Bossuet, Sermon sur la mort