The Cycle of Life:
An History of Experimental Ecology

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John Seed and Joanna Macy, "Gaia Meditations," This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature , Environment (New York: Routledge, 2004), 2nd Edition, ed. Roger S. Gottlieb, pp. 552-553.

In their prayer, Seed and Macy answer the questions, "Who are you?" "Who am I?" with "Intersection cycles of water, earth, air, and fire." Water is "the vast poem of the hydrogen cycle, earth is "ashes to ashes, dust to dust", air is "breathing ... the dance of the air cycle", and fire is the power that fuels metabolism". Seeing the long history of life as and unbroken chain from the Big Bang, they portray "our long planetary journey" as a series of reincarnations during which "we died to old forms, let go of old ways, allowing new ones to emerge. But nothing is ever lost. Though forms pass, all returns. Each worn-out cell consumed, recycled, ... through mosses, leeches, birds of prey.

Case 1
  William Paley, Natural Theology, 1794
  Carl Linnaeus, Nemesis Divina, 1758
  George Gregory, The Economy of Nature, 1804
 Case 2
  Vladimir Vernadsky, Biosphere and Noosphere, 1939
  Pierre Teilard de Chardin, Human Energy, 1969
  Pierre Teilard de Chardin, The Heart of Matter, 1978
 Case 3
  John Neale Dalton, The Book of Common Prayer, 1920
  Roger S. Gottlieb, ed., This Sacred Earth, 2004
  Joan Halifax, The Fruitful Darkness, 1993
  Hans Dirk van Hoogstraten, Deep Economy, 2001
  Lynn Margulis and Dorian Sagan, The Garden of Microbial Delights, 1993
  Nina Witoszek and Andrew Brennan, eds., Philosophical Dialogues, 1999
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