Sustainability and Spiritual Values

While spirituality and spiritual values have been an enduring human interest, the concept of sustainability achieved an enhanced profile with the publication of the Brundtland Commission's report in 1987. The various interpretations and nuances of sustainability and spiritual values have consequences for practice. If sustainability means living in a manner that preserves the interests of subsequent generations, sustainability and spirituality may both have common ground in an individual's concern for that which is beyond oneself. More broadly, sustainability and spiritual values involve an acknowledgment and active attention to that which is the “other.” In the spiritual realm, according to one's point of view, the other may be human, other life forms, other matter, or a personal or other divinity, all of which may be included ...

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