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Life of the spirit and ethics of the Earth

and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
If it is true that climatic disturbances are anthropogenic, that
is, that they have their genesis in the irresponsible behavior of
humans (less of the poor, but much more of the great
industrial corporations), then it is clear that the issue is more
an ethical than a scientific one. This is so because the quality
of our relationships with nature and with our Common Home
were not, and they still are not, adequate and positive. Pope
Francis says in his inspiring encyclical letter, Laudato Sii: on
the caring of the Common Home, (2015): «Never have we
mistreated and hurt our Common Home so much as in the
last two centuries…These situations provoke the howls of
Sister Earth, joining the wails of the abandoned of the world,
with a cry that demands that we take a different path» (n. 53).
That different path urgently implies a regenerative ethic for
the Earth. This ethic must be founded on principles that are
universal, understandable and practical for everyone. It is the
essential caring, the loving relationship with nature; the
respect for each being because each one has value in itself; it
is the responsibility shared by all for the common future of
the Earth and of humanity; the universal solidarity by which
we help each other; and, finally, it is the compassion by which
we make our own the suffering of others and of nature herself.
This ethic for the Earth must restore her damaged vitality, so
that she may continue giving us all that she has always given
us during the whole of our existence on this planet.
But an ethic for the Earth is not enough. We need to
supplement it with spirituality. This spirituality finds its roots
in the cordial and sensible reason. From there we receive the
passion for caring and a serious commitment of love,
responsibility and compassion for the Common Home.

To that end he affirms. . And de Saint-Exupéry ends the Letter to General “X”: “We have such a great need for a God…” (op. In a world turned into a desert. The life of the spirit is nourished by intangible goods such as love. compassion. (Carta al General “X” ). often identified or confused with religiosity. The life of the spirit is a beautiful synonym for spirituality. the human being only becomes a reality together with other human beings. is titled. we thirst to find comrades with whom to share the bread” (Macondo Libri 2015. It is an original aspect of our profound dimension. however. In fact. when he was a correspondent for the Paris Soir during the Spanish Civil War. Another text. 20). an anthropologic fact such as intelligence and will. We are thirsty.The well known and always highly appreciated Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. That is now a true cult. written in 1936. where the great questions are housed. «It is essential to give meaning to life». where our boldest dreams nest and where the most generous utopias are formulated. Letter to General “X”. only the life of the spirit fully satisfies the human being. of how to balance our impulses. to carry on that life with relative equilibrium. friendship. 36). In that article he retakes the theme of the life of the spirit. p. the only one that can satisfy the human being” (Macondo Libri 2015. The psychoanalysts of several tendencies help us take care of the life of the psyche. That is our most radical dimension. The life of the spirit is much more. But in our culture we all but forget to cultivate the life of the spirit. cit. affirms with much emphasis: “there is but one problem. but by fusing together in the same divinity. human beings do not unite only by coming closer to each other. the angels and demons that inhabit us. in love and friendship. caring and openness to the infinite. “we need to understand each other with reciprocity. only one: to rediscover that there is a life of the spirit that is even higher than the life of intelligence. We know how to take care of the life of the body. in a posthumous text that was written in 1943. something that belongs to our essence. celebrated in so many academies of gymnastics. p. 31).

UU. http://www. rootless and without meaning to guide us and make life worhwhile. without that supplément d’âme that is the life of the spirit. An ethic of the Earth cannot sustain itself alone for EE. Texas.Without the life of the spirit we wander around. Ethics and the life of the spirit are inseparable twin sisters. that calls us to the highest and to actions for saving and regenerating Mother Earth.servicioskoinonia. . Done at REFUGIO DEL RIO GRANDE. Leonardo Boff Theologian-Philosopher and Member of the Earthcharter Commission Free translation from the Spanish by Servicios Koinonia.