„We … wish especially to outline the conditions for entering a future that will lead to the larger fulfillment for which the entire planet, as well as ourselves, seems to be destined. The first condition for achieving this objective is to realize that the universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects.“

— Thomas Berry, Chapter 1, p. 17

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„Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.“

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