Longing for Running Water: Ecofeminism and Liberation

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THE HUMAN PERSON
FROM AN ECOFEM1N1ST
PERSPECTIVE

After laying the foundations for an ecofeminist epistemology, our next step will be to consider the human “person,” the subject/object that is able to reflect on itself and to be the thinking dimension of the universe. Reflecting on the human person may seem at first glance to be of little interest—especially since we imagine that everyone already knows what a person is. We might have the feeling we are wasting our time on notions that are already familiar, and that we ought to be moving forward in seeking solutions to the urgent problems that face us in the final years of this century.

This is not the case, however. We human beings are, again, in some sense the thinking dimension of the universe: We have the ability—however limited—to reflect on the universe, and we have an important task to carry out. This is especially true of those of us who seek the path of justice and mercy, and are unable to be content with the patterns imposed by our current cultural systems. We are daily challenged to rethink our understanding of who we are as human beings.

To reflect on the meaning of the human person is to accept the challenge of becoming creators of ourselves and of the entire living world, and to be capable of overcoming the growing isolation imposed on us by economic liberalism and the transnational capitalist system.

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