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A shoe for a foot with six toes:
Descendants worship their ancestors.

Few examples were cited by Kealey for Mythic Ecosophy:

The difficulty in finding a mythic environmental ethic lies precisely in the metal-rational origin and character of any ethic as such. If we abandon the requirement that an ethic be philosophical (which is almost equivalent to the mental-rational), then mythic approaches to ecological harmony become more evident. Perhaps the most manifestedly mythic orientation towards nature today is found in the gardening community of Findorn in northern Scotland. There a group of people have astonished the agricultural experts by growing prize plants and vegetables under seemingly impossible conditions. Their success at growing things like forty pound heads of cabbage on basically nothing but composted sand is attributed to their cooperation with the nature spirits. Some of the Findorn gardeners claim to be able to see such mythic personages as fairies, gnomes, Pan, deities, and angelic forms of the plant kingdom. These intelligences guide the gardeners and provide unseen assistance: hence the result of so-called horticultural miracles. The Findhorn community claims that their garden should not be considered a paranormal freak but rather a vanguard marking a new age of human cooperation with the intelligences of nature, which, if taken up by humanity as a whole, would lead to heaven on earth.1

1 Kealey, Daniel A. Revisioning Environmental Ethics,State University of New York, 1990.

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