Prof. Dr. Joseph Benedict Prabhu
*21. 03. 1946, Mangalore, Indien +27. 09. 2021, Pasadena, Kalifornien
A Dieu JB
We shall meet again.
""Singe die Gärten, mein Herz, die du nicht kennst,.."
(R.M. Rilke, Sonette an Orpheus XXI)
"... If then one accepts that human activity and policies in this ecological area also have been misguided, I want, in line with the civilizational motif alluded to earlier, to address a single thematic question: What revisions in our idea of humanity do we need to support and promote a sustainable ecological society? And it is to that question I now turn in the concluding portion of my paper and introduce the idea of "Inter-being" that features in the title of this paper.
The notion of "inter-being" comes from the Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.....The term is an elaboration of two key ideas taken from Madhyamika Buddhist tradition... Ontologically speaking, this is a significant set of ideas because it shifts out focus from entities to the relations that bring them into being and constitute them.
Inter-being thus refers to the fact, that we are, precisely because of these relationships and interdependencies. We thus inter-are. More generally , inter-being refers to the interconnected nature of all reality.
What I have tried to do in the second section of this paper is to provide the lineaments of a Reverence for Life founded on a cosmotheandric basis, where the Divine, the Human, and the Cosmic join together in reverence of and care for our planet, our common home."
aus: Joseph Prabhu,
" Inter-Being: Humanity in an Ecological Age" ,
Konferenzpapier: " Humanity: An Endangered Idea?", Claremont , Februar 2019
Sandro Botticelli, Zeichnungen zu Dantes "Divina Commedia",
In Paradiso, Tafel XXIX zum Wesen der Schöpfung
"A l'alta fantasia qui mancò possa;
ma già volgeva il mio disio e 'l velle
si come rota ch'igualmente è mossa,
l'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle."
(Dante, Divina Commedia, II, XXXIII Gesang )