Associating the notion of essence of life and the concept of sustainability is key to favour the establishment of man’s wisest links to the primary resource, with the entire nature and with the others.

Because deep acknowledgment of the almost sacred link with water can be conductive to the thought paradigm shift necessary in our time, with its serious challenges: Changing an anthropocentric world view still prevailing for a biocentric understanding of man himself as one more element of the extraordinary system of life, whose durability, like that of any system depends on the harmony of each of its parts among themselves and with the whole. Anthropocentrism is largely responsible for the problems that currently face the planet and mankind.

PMoreover, this understanding and the consequent respect and care for water, in an unbreakable bond with life, is an opportunity to eflect on universal values and recognize the urgency of installing the observance of those values as daily exercise in all areas of human interaction. In this way, water is revealed as the non-human element that warns man about the imperative need to be ethical to live and to survive.

Environmental issues are thus forcing man to face an ethical life. Water in particular is the essence of life on Earth. About 70% of the human body is water. Are we worthy custodians of this resource?

The problem of water (its increasing scarcity and pollution, millions of people die each year from water-related problems), presents us with an existential dilemma: Either a life devoid of values, with the true horizon of self destruction, or a life of ethical habits for survival and the balanced development of society.

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