Saturday, April 23, 2016
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
The British Library, First Floor Café
My father, when I was growing up, sometimes used to say “these people are food for the moon” when, for example, we were watching TV showing some ‘cheap’ programme with mindless chatter and ‘trivial acting’ or behaviour.
The expression ‘food for the moon’ shocked me then as it does now. It challenges the commonly held view that we humans are the centre of everything – anthropocentric (Greek ἄνθρωπος, ánthrōpos, “human being”; and κέντρον, kéntron, “centre”). It introduces the idea of humans being connected with planets.
As the native American Chief Seattle said ‘The Earth does not belong to man; Man belongs to the Earth. This we know…’
But what about things we don’t know?
What is the connection between man, the Earth, the Moon and other planets?
What is our role in the Cosmos?
Are we just food for the moon?
It seems obvious to me, instinctively I feel that man is connected with nature, the earth and the planets: ‘Everything is connected’.
At the same time, it disturbs me because it implies that we, as humans, are powerless in front of the forces of ‘great nature’. How does the moon influence me?