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The Epiphany of the Earth

Abstract: (Excerpt from Introduction)
"There are on the earth moments of great beauty and peace." -- Jean Giono, Joy of Man's Desiring

I will speak of saturation and satiation and of pulling down the clouds to rain upon a dry earth.

Here then in these few mnay pages I will invoke a certain environment and an ethic, a way of doing things. But before I can articulate anything about any way of doing things, insofar as this will be a work in environmental ethics, I must first look at the relation between the environment and human perception. The reason for beginning here has to do with the presupposition that those practices known as cutsoms, traditions, cultures, and the like, were made possible by a peculiar relation with the environment -- perhaps the better word would be earth -- such that any human society, including the ones I will dwell on soon, could not be a posibilitiy if the human animal were not an integral part of their natural surroundings. Human beings are able to create human worlds because they are first thoroughly terullian, dwellers of the earth. And as an example of this phenomenon (which will later become more than a mere example) I will turn to the Pima and Tohono O'odham, who are closely related peoples, whom have lived for many generations in contiguous domains of the Sonoran Desert.


David Martinez


Ofelia Zepeda





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