Humans, Nature, and the Eclipse of the Sun

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Hugh Taft-Morales

Leader, Philadelphia Ethical Society

In the past solar eclipses have generated fear and been seen as evil omens. Thanks to science, humanists know that an eclipse results from the ceaseless ticking of our celestial clockwork. But while we no longer cower in fear when darkness descends at noon, we may fail to appreciate the humbling lessons of an eclipse. How can we better appreciate the beauty and awe nature offers?  Can we learn from our environment how to act less like masters of nature and more like stewards of earth?