The Dialogue with Nature is a short philosophical satire motivated by Dr. John-Okoria’s love for nature and concern over humanity’s role in the degradation of the environment.
This dialogue expounds the introspections of a socialite engaged in a transcendental experience that challenges her assumptions as a human being of a particular socioeconomic status. She is forced to reflect on values long imbibed through her education and socialization. Through those reflections emerged environmental issues and an inclusive organization of human society toward genuine development. Her revelations or insights are the product of profound interaction or engagement with both the plant and animal worlds. Despite the anthropocentric nature of our language, nothing in nature is indifferent to humanity.
John-Okoria Ibhakewanlan is currently the Principal of Hekima University College in Nairobi, Kenya. He obtained his Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of London and a degree in Philosophy from Milltown Institute (now at Trinity College) in Dublin, Ireland. In 2015 he completed his PhD in Education at Nottingham University in England, where he also served as assistant editor in the Visiting Scholars series of Jubilee Press. Prior to his doctoral studies, he was for five years (2006-2011) the president of Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja. After serving as the Presidential Scholar in Residence at Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington, he joined Hekima University College in 2017 as Principal.
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