We can choose life. Dire predictions notwithstanding, we can still act to ensure a livable world. It is crucial that we know this: we can meet our needs without destroying our life-support system…To choose life means to build a life-sustaining society…To choose life in this planet-time is a mighty adventure…this adventure elicits more courage and enlivening solidarity than any military campaign..,

…we may find ourselves moved by the wisdom traditions of native peoples and mystical voices in our own religions, hearkening to their teachings as to some half-forgotten song that reminds us again that our world is a sacred whole in which we have a sacred mission.

When we know and revere the wholeness of life, we can stay alert and steady. We know there is no private salvation. We join hands to find the ways the world self-heals—and see the chaos as seedbed for the future.

—Joanna Macy, Molly Young Brown
Coming Back to Life. Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World