The truth about stories



Title The truth about stories: An autoethnography towards earth consciousness
Author(s) John Darrell DesRoches
Date 2010
Institution University of Prince Edward Island
Supervisor(s) Dr. Fiona Walton, Dr. Suzanne Thomas,
Degree earned Master of Education
Place published Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Abstract The present ecological crisis reflects a crisis in human consciousness, especially in the western world, where our relationship with the earth and cosmos has been largely shaped and influenced by the stories we have been told in our culture. The old stories, as manifested in the myths and world views of our western cultural, philosophical and religious belief systems, emphasized humanity‟s dominion over nature and the benefits of economic, scientific and technological progress that regard the earth as having value in meeting our own ends. A series of autoethnographic narratives and reflections suggest that technological progress alone will not curb the current ecological destruction of the earth. There is a need for new stories; for a re-storying about the earth that includes our interconnectedness with the planet. Earth consciousness is described as a relational and embodied understanding of ourselves vis-à-vis the earth. Earth consciousness fosters an understanding that humanity is part of the earth, part of the universe, not a separate entity. Respect, relationship and reciprocity are suggested as our best hope for the future, lying in our capacity for an attitude of reverence, wonder and awe at the creative, life-sustaining power of the universe.
Use/Reproduction In presenting this thesis in partial fulfillment for a postgraduate degree from the University of Prince Edward Island, I agree that the libraries of this University may make it freely available for inspection. I further agree that permission for extensive copying of this thesis for scholarly purposes may be granted by the Professors who supervised my thesis work, or, in their absence, by the Dean of the Faculty of Education. It is understood that any copying or publication or use of this thesis or parts thereof for financial gain shall not be allowed without my written permission. It is also understood that due recognition shall be given to me and to the University of Prince Edward Island in any scholarly use which may be made of any material in my thesis.

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