“The entire college project can be seen as that of enabling the student to understand the immense story of the universe and the role of the student in creating the next phase of the story.” ~ Thomas Berry
Because no community can exist without a unifying story to bind it together, and only in a viable planetary community can there be a viable human community. This is the essence of The Great Work of our times, and is the task at hand for every member of the human community.
We are continually learning what it means to be human in this day and age. We are rethinking the roles we play, discovering new perspectives, integrating wider outlooks. Connecting. And reconnecting. Coming to understand that we are in fact all related, not just with each other, but with everything that is. We are beginning to appreciate that we are an expression of the universe itself, learning to perceive the universe through our unique mode of being, and through the tools that we have developed. We are the universe becoming aware of itself. We are the universe acquiring spoken language and opposable thumbs. When we learn to integrate ourselves into the greater community of life, we can become the voice of our planet. Together we are dreaming a new world into being. Together we are reinventing what it means to be human.
It is my sincere hope that this somewhat fanciful concept of The Gaia Community College will help guide and inspire the unfolding of our evolutionary growth towards a biocratic / ecozoic community on earth. I would like to humbly offer this attitude of The Gaia Community College to serve as an identity for the ever growing treasury of memes that are aligned with the establishment of a mutually enhancing relationship between our species and the greater community of life on our garden planet. An inspirational evolutionary directory if you will of ideas, values, and patterns of behavior that can be passed along through our culture by non-genetic means; memes are the cultural counterpart of genes. By individually embracing the notion that we truly are freshman within the greater Gaian Community, we begin in earnest the healing that will reestablish our participation in the only community that matters.
Within these pages you will find recommended reading sources of this nature, links to kindred efforts and multimedia libraries, our blog documenting related news, thoughts, quotes, events and organizations, and our marketplace, where you can show your support for this project by wearing or otherwise displaying your school spirit. We’ve found that Gaia Community College merchandise sparks fantastic conversations with complete strangers, and as far as we’re concerned, any and all discussion of such matters bringing greater awareness of these issues will help birth the new earth. So the real question becomes, when do we graduate, or will we fail the course?
“The natural world is not simply object, not simply a usable thing, not an inert mode of being awaiting its destiny to be manipulated by the divine or exploited by the human. The natural world is subject as well as object. The natural world is the maternal source of our being as earthlings and the life-giving nourishment of our physical, emotional, aesthetic, moral, and religious existence. The natural world is the larger sacred community to which we belong. To be alienated from the community is to become destitute in all that makes us human. To damage this community is to diminish our own existence.” ~ Thomas Berry