“Hogsback is a magical world of mountains and forests. It is situated high up on the Amathole mountains of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, and is surrounded by centuries-old indigenous Afro-montane forests.”
Quoted from: http://www.hogsback.co.za/
The Eco-Shrine at Hogsback
“I created this art work in 1995 and 1996 because I felt the need to give artistic expression to the scientific facts regarding the origin of Earth and all of life on Earth. I wanted to help people to understand the fundamental ecological truth of the interconnectedness and interdependence of all living creatures.
I felt deeply concerned about the unrealistic, human-centred attitude of our current global culture, and feared the dire consequences for all species including humans. [See Club of Rome and Limits to Growth, and the ongoing ‘6th Great Extinction of species.’] The bricklayer, Dagamnyama Wara and I started building in 1995 and the Shrine was opened to the public in 1996.
The architecture, sculpture, mosaics and paintings are my spontaneous reaction to the scientific story of our origins. The cement relief depicts aspects of the fossil record of the evolution of life. The mosaics are a compilation of trance-images made by the Bushmen/San artists together with images of the cosmos from the Hubble space telescope. I think that ecological wisdom and modern science and technology hold they key for a sustainable future. The Shrine attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world and is also a venue for meditations, retreats, eco-literacy workshops, eco-art tours and occasionally concerts and wedding ceremonies are held here.
The Eco-Shrine is not attached to any particular religious faith. I expect viewers to interpret the art works from their own philosophic or religious and spiritual viewpoints. My studio is open to the public.“
– Diana Graham, Hogsback, South Africa
(Text provided by the artist – October 2014)
“Freud coined the term reality principle to designate that objective order of things to which the healthy psyche must adapt if it is to qualify as “sane.” Writing in a pre-ecological era, he failed to include the biosphere. Ecopsychology rectifies that failure by expanding the definition of sanity to embrace the love for the living planet that is reborn in every child.” – Theodore Roszak
Quoted from: www.ecobuddhism.org
The Voice of the Earth
“Facts and figures, reason and logic can show us the errors of our present ways; they can delineate the risks we run. But they cannot motivate, they cannot teach us a better way to live, a better way to want to live. That must be born from inside our own convictions. And that birth may have to be a painful one.” – Theodore Roszak
Quoted from the book, The Voice of the Earth, Page 47.
Ecology, Place & the Awakening of Compassion
“All of us can be as placed and grounded as a willow tree among the streams—and also as free and fluid in the life of the whole planet as the water in the water cycle that passes through all forms and positions roughly every two million years. Our finite bodies and inevitable membership in cultures and regions must be taken as a valuable and positive condition of existence. Mind is fluid, nature is porous, and both biologically and culturally we are always fully part of the whole.” – Gary Snyder
Quoted from: www.ecobuddhism.org
Limits to Growth
“Our conclusions are:
1. If the present growth trends in world population, industrialization, pollution, food production, and resource depletion continue unchanged, the limits to growth on this planet will be reached sometime within the next one hundred years. The most probable result will be a rather sudden and uncontrollable decline in both population and industrial capacity.
2. It is possible to alter these growth trends and to establish a condition of ecological and economic stability that is sustainable far into the future. The state of global equilibrium could be designed so that the basic material needs of each person on earth are satisfied and each person has an equal opportunity to realize his individual human potential.
3. If the world’s people decide to strive for this second outcome rather than the first, the sooner they begin working to attain it, the greater will be their chances of success.”
– Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jørgen Randers, and William W. Behrens
Quoted from the report: Limits to Growth, published in 1970 – Pages 23 & 24.
A choice of Limits
“Growth will be stopped by pressures that are not of human choosing, and that, as the world model suggests, may be very much worse than those which society might choose for itself.“ – The Limits to Growth
Quoted from the report: Limits to Growth, published in 1970 – Page 154.
The state of Global Equilibrium
“Man possesses, for a small moment in his history, the most powerful combination of knowledge, tools, and resources the world has ever known. He has all that is physically necessary to create a totally new form of human society – one that would be built to last for generations. The two missing ingredients are a realistic, long-term goal that can guide mankind to the equilibrium society and the human will to achieve that goal. Without such a goal and a commitment to it, short-term concerns will generate the exponential growth that drives the world system toward the limits of the earth and ultimate collapse. With that goal and that commitment, mankind would be ready now to begin a controlled, orderly transition from growth to global equilibrium.” – The Limits to Growth
Quoted from the report: Limits to Growth, published in 1970 – Page 183.
“The last thought we wish to offer is that man must explore himself – his goals and values-as much as the world he seeks to change. The dedication to both tasks must be unending. The crux of the matter is not only whether the human species will survive, but even more whether it can survive without falling into a state of worthless existence.” – Limits to Growth
Quoted from the report: Limits to Growth, published in 1970 – Page 197.
“What we are experiencing in the degradation of the Earth, is a soul loss, a loss of meaning in life itself that calls for a recovery of a sense of the sacred. The Earth must be seen, not as a collection of objects for our use, but as a communion of subjects of which we are all a part. We are all part of a single community that will live or die together.” – Thomas Berry
Quoted from: www.ecobuddhism.org
Is Global Collapse Imminent?
“Regrettably, the alignment of data trends with the LTG [Limits to Growth] dynamics indicates that the early stages of collapse could occur within a decade, or might even be underway. This suggests, from a rational risk-based perspective, that we have squandered the past decades, and that preparing for a collapsing global system could even be more important than trying to avoid collapse.” – Graham Turner (2014)
Quoted from the report: Is Global Collapse Imminent? An Updated Comparison of The Limits to Growth with Historical Data. Research Paper No.4 August 2014. Research Paper Series, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.
Building the New World Within
There are major challenges ahead. A fast-changing external environment will soon make any approach other than a responsible approach impractical, outdated and illogical. The less prepared we are for becoming responsible, the more difficult it will be to adapt to living responsibly when we are forced to do so. To survive collectively we need to collectively progress from freedom devoid of responsibility to freedom derived from responsibility.
All photographs taken in October 2014 by Jean-Jacques M.
Eco-Shrine text provided by Diana Graham
Quotes selected by Jean-Jacques M.
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