Whenever we forget our story we become confused but the winds and the rivers and the mountains never become confused. We must go to them constantly to be reminded of it for every being in the universe is what it is only through its participation in the story. We are resensitized whenever we listen to what they are telling us. Long ago they told us that we must be guided by a reverence and a restraint in our relations with the larger community of life. That we must respect the powers of the surrounding universe. That only though a sensitive insertion of ourselves into the great celebration of the earth community can we expect the support of the earth community. If we violate the integrity of this community we will die.
—Thomas Berry on the Great Story
from Spiritual Ecology