Longing for Running Water: Ecofeminism and Liberation

Longing for Running Water: Ecofeminism and Liberation

Longing for Running Water: Ecofeminism and Liberation

Longing for Running Water: Ecofeminism and Liberation

Synopsis

Visioning the cosmos through a liberation-oriented lens.

Excerpt

As the deer longs for running waters

My personal experience is totally urban. I was born in the very large city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and have always lived in cities, although for the last twenty years I have lived in their poor, outlying areas. I like cities because I know how to get along in them: They have always been my living space, and it is in the urban context that many great legacies have been passed on to me. I like the city because it is a visible space for human creativity, a place of great artistic expression, of many ethnic groups and varied customs. I like the city because it is a place of challenge and of manifold questions, even if the answers almost always remain tentative.

My experience of jungles, rivers, and seas—and of animals, even pets—is very limited. I know the names of very few plants, flowers, and birds, even though I appreciate, respectively, their fragrance and their songs. I confess that I have always been sheltered from the cold, the wind, and the rain; and that my feet have always been well shod to protect me from insect bites and cold. In fact, I was brought up with some fear of animals, birds, and insects. I was afraid of small mishaps like soiling my feet or injuring myself on some discarded object, and big things like drowning in the sea.

I have, however, always appreciated big trees, above all fruit trees, as well as gardens, flowers, nicely cut grass, and the fragrance of the earth, especially after the rain. But these were invariably encountered “from afar,” as if they were exceptional phenomena, like paintings, to be examined once in a while; they were “objects,” things, occurrences outside myself. Even though I enjoyed the sen-

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