The Fifth Sacred Thing

The Fifth Sacred Thing

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"An epic tale of freedom and slavery, love and war, and the potential futures of humankind tells of a twenty-first century California clan caught between two clashing worlds, one based on tolerance, the other on repression. Declaration of the Four Sacred Things: The earth is a living, conscious being. In company with cultures of many different times and places, we name these things as sacred: air, fire, water, and earth. Whether we see them as the breath, energy, blood, and body of the Mother, or as the blessed gifts of a Creator, or as symbols of the interconnected systems that sustain life, we know that nothing can live without them. To call these things sacred is to say that they have a value beyond their usefulness for human ends, that they themselves became the standards by which our acts, our economics, our laws, and our purposes must be judged. no one has the right to appropriate them or profit from them at the expense of others. Any government that fails to protect them forfeits its legitimacy. All people, all living things, are part of the earth life, and so are sacred. No one of us stands higher or lower than any other. Only justice can assure balance: only ecological balance can sustain freedom. Only in freedom can that fifth sacred thing we call spirit flourish in its full diversity. To honor the sacred is to create conditions in which nourishment, sustenance, habitat, knowledge, freedom, and beauty can thrive. To honor the sacred is to make love possible. To this we dedicate our curiosity, our will, our courage, our silences, and our voices. To this we dedicate our lives."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1994.
Edition: Bantom trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780553373806
0553373803
Call Number: STARHAWK
Characteristics: 486 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: California -- Fiction.
Utopian fiction.
Dystopian fiction.
Alternative Title: The 5th sacred thing

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RVeinotte
Oct 25, 2015

The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk. A novel that is set in a world that has become destructive to itself and yet there is a community of people that manage to overcome and live harmoniously with each other. There is a also a mixture of adventure and fear when some of the characters are caught outside of the protection of the community. I found the book gave a very beautiful image for myself to dream of one day being part of such a community. When I see the destruction in the world around us the corruption and hunger for money instead of valueing people our own sellfish use of the gifts of our forefathers. I highly recommend this book if you are a dreamer and visionary.

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swbooker
Oct 13, 2013

This book is in my top five. If anyone would ever wonder how non-violent opposition could really work, this book has the vision to illustrate it. Fascinating, creative and inspiring - I loved it!!

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renglish
Feb 15, 2012

This is a unique view of the future that is both utopian and dystopian in nature. Starhawk writes in this novel about a different way for people to live together, but unlike many similar novels it comes from her direct experience of implementing these techniques in the real world.

It is currently early 2012 and Starhawk is working on a movie and a sequel, which would be great!

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