ECOLOGICAL SENSIBILITY AND WISDOM IN TAOISM AND CHRISTIANITY

AN ENCOUNTER OF CHUNG TZU AND FRANCIS OF ASSISI

  • Agatha Hyun-Suk Lee Catholic Catechetical Institute, Seoul and Suwon
Keywords: Deep Ecology, Equality, (萬物制動), Gratuitousness of Life, Human Ignorance, Inner Discipline, Tao, Trinity, Universal Fraternity, (大通)

Abstract

Chuang Tzu and Francis of Assisi, despite differences in cultural and historical contexts, show us ecological sensibility and wisdom. This is deep ecology which may be one of the solutions to the global warming crisis. According to both of them, the existence of all things in nature, including humans are gratuitously given. All of these entities are interconnected with each other as in the world of quantum physics. From this perspective, we have to realize human’s position and our entrusted responsibility to take care of our planet and home, Earth. This is the true way to cope with the ecologic crisis and improve our quality of lives. It requires a fundamental change in human’s life in this technologically developed and material-centred world. It is impossible to change only with human effort, but can be made possible through the grace of the transcendent Being.

Author Biography

Agatha Hyun-Suk Lee, Catholic Catechetical Institute, Seoul and Suwon

Sr Agatha Hyun-Suk Lee belongs to the religious congregation Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. She holds a PhD from the Faculty of Missiology of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. At present she is teaching missiology at the Catholic Catechetical Institute in Seoul and Suwon. She is a member of the commission for Ecumenism and Interreligious dialogue of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Korea. She is also the coordinator of Ecumenism and Interreligious dialogue meeting of the Association of Major Superiors of Women Religious Congregations of Korean Catholic Church. Email: leefmm55@gmail.com

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Chuang-tzu: The Interior Chapters, cap. II, Interpreted by Haun Yuong Dk, Seoul: Hong Sin Mun Hwa 2003.

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Published
2019-12-31
How to Cite
Lee, A. H.-S. (2019). ECOLOGICAL SENSIBILITY AND WISDOM IN TAOISM AND CHRISTIANITY. Asian Horizons, 13(04), 591-606. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/ah/article/view/2255