Love is a Verb
Issue 337 • March/April 2023 issue
In this issue of Resurgence & Ecologist we visit a place called love, not the Disney-sop version – rather a more real, gritty, demanding and often heart-breaking place that pushes us to evolve into more compassionate beings. Through the main theme of ‘Love is a verb’ we explore all the ways in which love as an action already shows up in our lives, and all the ways we could, if we choose, find more space for it.
Raiyah Butt opens our themed section by writing about how self-love is an act of political will, not self-indulgence. We meet a professional climber putting his love of Nature above his climbing ambitions, and learn from a modern Sufi in America, Omid Safi, that taking care of the natural world is one of the three core tenets of the Qur'an.
In our Connected Life section Annabel Heseltine dives with the Biospherians bringing life back to the coral reefs in Bali, and we celebrate the ceramic sculptures by artist Courtney Mattison that honour Indonesia’s coral reefs.
As AI takes ever more prevalence in our lives, neuropsychiatrist Iain McGilchrist warns of the dangers of allowing left-brain thinking (and information) AI to dominate how our lives are run in our Feature Story ‘The Matter with Things’.
Throughout this issue we explore all the ways love as an act can manifest and we pay homage to the simple, yet powerful idea, that if you love something, you take care of it.
Acting Now for People, Animals and Planet: Joyce D’Silva
Stewards of the Biosphere: Annabel Heseltine
Tales of Urban Birding: Yasmin Dahnoun
The Matter with Things: Iain McGilchrist
The Qur'an of Nature: Omid Safi
Composting Love as Grief: Simon Constantine