This Global Spirit program explores the natural world as an access point to the sacred. With global warming on the rise and the number of animal species now declining at alarming rates, this program asks if we humans are trapped in a never-ending destructive cycle fed by our ever-increasing desires? Or do our most serious environmental problems stem in part from our very concept or understanding of "self"? Eco-philosopher and Buddhist teacher Joanna Macy meets global ecologist, anthropologist, and... [see more] filmmaker Michael Tobias to explore some of the most basic existential questions: How do we see "ourselves" amongst the wider family of Earth's inhabitants? Are our human notions of "ecology" or of "the sacred" blind to nature's fundamental laws and truths?
For thousands of years, people from all cultures and religious traditions have entertained universal questions about who we are and why we are here. The series presents views from many different religions and belief systems. With intros by John Cleese who has a strong interest in these kinds of programs, Global Spirit blends compelling film segments with engaging conversations with such people as Deepak Chopra, Karen Armstrong and Robert Thuerman to shed light on our deepest eternal questions around the human quest for meaning, truth and wisdom.