The Principle of Oneness
The final principle of Nature is the principle of oneness. Nature teaches us that we are all one. The patterns we see around us in Nature exist in us, too. We are Nature. When we notice that the Fibonacci spiral of our curled index finger is the same shape as that of a snail shell or an unfurled fern or the galaxy’s swirling spiral across the night sky, we understand this.
With this understanding, we also realise that when we damage, degrade or pollute Nature, we do it to ourselves as well because we are wholly dependent on the health and well-being of the world around us. Our starting point therefore is to value the natural world and to treat it with the greatest respect because it sustains us. With such demands on natural resources, we must educate our young people to understand how to value and respect these resources and live within the carrying capacity of the world.
All these Principles form an integral whole, reinforcing how important it is to create joined up, cohesive learning with meaningful outcomes that help young people to find well-being and purpose in their own work and lives. This is not an ideal. It is based on a carefully planned and delivered curriculum that sees learning in a much broader context than classroom based, teacher taught lessons. It sets learning in real life and gives young people a lead role in creating the vision and the practices that will take us to a more harmonious, more sustainable future.
There is no other way to go.