This does not surprise me; he has for a long time been interested in perennialist ideas, and the Qur'an is very clear about Nature. Actually, it is likely that he was influenced not only by the Qur'an, but also by the book Man and Nature
by Seyyed Hossein Nasr. However, I do think that any religion that teaches humility also teaches the uttermost respect towards Nature; which of course only the humble perceive.
There's the important part. We have created an artificial divide because we need (a) Gods outside the world (b) equality and (c) the illusion of our own Godlike importance.
True. I think the optimum is to always remember God's Absoluteness, because it includes both incomparability (and therefore, humility) and similarity (and therefore, vicegerency).
Because that's exactly what most people actually do think
Thanks for pointing that out; however, I believe that in our times, what most people believe is totally irrelevant to the truth. One could even go so far and say that often, what most people believe is contrary to the truth.