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Language, Nature, and Love

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Minding Nature Article
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Wake Up Time

It is dawn.
The sun is conquering the sky
and my grandmother and I
are heaving prayers at the

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"There is no direct translation from Diné Bizaad,
the Navajo language, into English
but every living being knows what hozhó means."

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Listen to stories on how we can explore and re-imagine our metaphors to help alter the toxic elements of our language.

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 “Language is meant to be a playful, ever-shifting creation, but we have been

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A review of David Lukas' book, Language Making Nature.

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Subtle linguistic differences and figures of speech frame our approaches from our daily tasks to our most pressing environmental challenges. The terms and phrases we choose to use not only influence our perception of the problem but shape the very solution we put forth. Remember: we dream, think, and act in the language given to us (N. Scott Momaday). If we understand a tree, a river, an otter, or an ecosystem as merely a resource—a "natural resource"—we will tend to continue to make decisions grounded in a worldview that assumes that humans are separate from nature, that nature is merely raw material for human use, and that it is acceptable and "natural" for humans to exert unlimited control over nature. Such outcomes however, are unethical when viewed from the perspective of an Earth Care worldview. It is essential then, now more than ever, to re-imagine language as much more fluid, embracing new terms and metaphors that enable the expression of this care—for the whole community of life.

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