Seeing the Woods

A blog by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

The Battle To Define “Avatar Spirituality”

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RCC alumnus Bron Taylor has been interviewed by RD10Q on his most recent book, Avatar and Nature Spirituality. Taylor’s book contains essays from leading scholars on the environmental dimensions of James Cameron’s hugely popular film. Asked about the “take-home” message, Taylor comments:

In my own wrap up to the book I argue that, despite the many disagreements about the film, there are important truths in the film’s central themes, namely, that the spread of what we call civilization (first agricultural, later agro-industrial) has inexorably led to the destruction of both biological and cultural diversity. This is a reality that is seldom expressed in any nation today, for they are all wrapped up in pursuing economic growth with little concern for the damage this entails for peoples at the social margins let alone other species and environmental systems.

Click here to read the entire interview – highly recommended!

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