Evolutionary Politics and the Promise of Peace
An Interview with Congressman Dennis Kucinich
by K. Lauren de Boer
"Evolutionary politics will confront the chaos of the moment, a chaos which is driven by fear, control, and power; and by fragmentation, secrecy, isolation, alienation, and mistrust. That system cannot stand. It’s falling apart. We’re not seeing the beginning of some new empire, because that’s ridiculous. This chaos will yield to harmony...as we move forward in evolving our politics."
posted by Cyndy
...LdB: You talk frequently about our interconnectedness. What about our connection to the non-human? I’d like to draw on cultural historian Thomas Berry. He writes that one major difficulty with the U.S. Constitution was that it was written with rights attributed solely to the human, and not to the non-human. Berry also writes about Pax Gaia, peace for all beings, as opposed to Pax Romana, or Pax Americana.
DK: I think there’s a misinterpretation of theology when it talks about the human bringing the Earth into subjection. We’re to come into harmony with nature, not to dominate it, because in dominating it, we separate ourselves from nature. To achieve harmony with the Earth is to live in grace and freedom. Chief Seattle said "the Earth doesn’t belong to us, we belong to the Earth." Peace for all living beings, for the biosphere is our inalienable right