‘Soulless consumerism’, Galileo cause for most of the world’s ills: Prince Charles

June 10th, 2010 - 6:37 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 10 (ANI): The Prince of Wales, Charles has blamed soulless consumerism and scientists like Galileo for the world’s environmental problems.

“This imbalance, where mechanistic thinking is so predominant, goes back at least to Galileo’s assertion that there is nothing in nature but quantity and motion. This is the view that continues to frame the general perception of the way the world works, and how we fit within the scheme of things,” The Times quoted Charles, as saying.

He added: “As a result, Nature has been completely objectified - ‘She’ has become an ‘it’ - and we are persuaded to concentrate on the material aspect of reality that fits within Galileo’s scheme.”

He said he believed “green technology” alone could not resolve the world’s environmental problems. Instead, the West must do something about its “deep, inner crisis of the soul”.

He was addressing students and faculty at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies on the institutions 25th anniversary. (ANI)

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