This website is one expression of Earthseed, one which strives to realize the vision of Earthseed as a religion, a religion which inspires people to shape God in the direction of a more just, verdant, and peaceful world.
Others have been drawn to Butler’s writings for different reasons. And many of them are working to shape Change in different ways. We honor them all.
We are Earthseed, but neither this website, nor the those who have gathered around it, are the exclusive representatives of Earthseed. The following excerpts from the Book of the Living describe what Earthseed is:
We are Earthseed
The life that perceives itself
We are Earthseed. We are flesh—self aware,
questing, problem-solving flesh. We are that
aspect of Earthlife best able to shape God
Earthseed is all that spreads
Earthlife to new earths.
These verses describe an inclusive vision of Earthseed. According to verse 20, all humans are Earthseed, because we have the ability to perceive Change. According to verse 22, we all have the potential to be Earthseed, when we Shape God knowingly, i.e., with wisdom and forethought (verse 43), generosity and compassion (verse 53), for the benefit of the world. According to verse 10, none of us are Earthseed yet, because we have yet to spread Earthlife to new earths — but we can all work toward that Destiny.
This website is just one expression of this vision. We are Earthseed, but we are not the only Earthseed.