The Round Table

Where we stand: Self annihilation, from the Sacred to the Profane

The world of nature is being destroyed with unprecedented ferocity.

No civilisation in the history of the world, with the exception of the modern age, has created a secularised science and the application of a technology capable of destroying nature on an unimaginable scale, disturbing the order of nature and potentially annihilating both the human and natural order. The advent of the environmental crisis is an undisputable fact, the root cause of which is the activity of promethean man and the prevailing ‘scientistic’ worldview.

The environmental crisis now encompasses the entire globe.

The destruction of the world’s forests, the rising pollution of air and water, the extinction of species at unprecedented rates, climate change, the immense waste and by product of consumerism, over exploitation of food resources, excessive mineral and resource extraction, agricultural desertification; all bear witness to this tragic state of affairs.

Alienated man from nature.

The modern world is a veritable anomaly from the universally held view, in all the great traditions and past civilisations, of the sacredness of nature. It has alienated man from nature, depriving nature of any ontological reality above the quantitative domain.

The modern worldview has divorced the laws of nature from moral laws and human ethics.

Сompletely bereft of meaning, and considers the order of nature as a lifeless mass, a machine to be dominated, manipulated and exploited by a purely horizontal and earthly man for purely economic gain and power. The modern worldview has divorced, in a manner not to be seen in any other civilization, the laws of nature from a unified and intact traditional cosmology, moral laws and human ethics.

The loss of tradition is the major contributing factor to the environmental crisis.

The source of the environmental crisis has its roots in the gradual desacralisation of knowledge and by extension nature starting in the seventeenth century, the loss of the symbolic and cosmological worldview that had prevailed for millennia, the mechanisation of the cosmos, and the rise of scientism which presents modern science, not as a particular way of knowing nature, but as a complete and totalitarian philosophy which reduces all reality to the physical domain, and refuses to accept an alternative non-scientific or a scientia sacra worldview. The loss of the sapiential, gnostic and metaphysical dimension of tradition, understood in the rightful and universal sense, of that which joins all that is human to the Truth, is the major contributing factor to the environmental crisis.

"Perennial Wisdom"

In the beginning of the twentieth century, a school of thought arose which has focused on the enunciation and explanation of the Perennial Philosophy. Deeply rooted in the sense of the sacred, the writings of its leading exponents establish an indispensable foundation for shedding light on the modern age and understanding the timeless Truth and spiritual practices which live in the heart of all the great religions.