Humans as we are must really think we are superior, is it really a fact or merely an illusion made by our pride?
Humanity as described by Merriam Webster is the human race, which includes everyone on Earth. It’s also a word for the qualities that make us human, such as the ability to love and have compassion, be creative, and not be a robot or alien which can also be referred to the kind feelings humans often have for each other.
Environment is the complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival. The environment is something you are very familiar with. It's everything that makes up our surroundings and affects our ability to live on the earth with the air we breathe, the water that covers most of the earth's surface, the plants and animals around us, and much more. While nature is all the animals, plants, and other things in the world that are not made by people, and all the events and processes that are not caused by people. It is the whole system of the existence, arrangement, forces, and events of all physical life that are not controlled by humankind. It seems commonplace for some people to use the terms nature and environment interchangeably. In fact, many environmental activists today assume that not only is our environment the same as nature but that nature should be understood in the further limited sense of wild nature or wilderness. Still, deeper understanding should be made and knowing the roots of a thing must be analyzed in a broader sense.
Being environed is being encircled or surrounded. Broadly speaking, the environment should be understood as the overall physical and emotional context in which we are located. It is very important to recognize that environments are different, depending upon who we are and where we are. The environment of a fish is clearly different from that of a desert camel. As human beings, the physical context that environs us can also be quite different depending upon who we are and what culture we come from, especially on what kind of technology we express. We cannot discuss a specific environment without identifying those who are environed by it and the fact that we cannot discuss and understand ourselves until we acknowledge and understand the environment to which we are related. Most of environmental abuse today starts within and is caused by the contemporary fact that we are short-sighted and ignorant about the specific environs that nurture us where the distinction of nature and environment still lies.
There is an important further reason for pushing this distinction between human-built environments and natural environments, even granting that humans are thoroughly natural creatures. Ecology, as the science of natural balance enables us to make this distinction clear. Natural evolution is characterized by the adjustment of natural balances over long periods of time. Humans enter every natural environment as an exotic disturbing the existing balances of species and refusing to be a party to any new balance. By its very nature, the human presence represents stress to every environment and when that presence becomes permanent and grows greater, the stress remains permanent and balance is forever impossible. What this means is that human projects invade and defeat the fundamental rule of natural balance that has made the earth what it is. The distinction between human-built environments and natural environments is appropriate on this count even though humans are natural creatures. Indeed, human life represents a strange and increasingly dangerous destiny for nature itself.
Deep ecology is a contemporary ecological and environmental philosophy characterized by its advocacy of the inherent worth of living beings regardless of their instrumental utility. It is agreeable that with its principle stating that the living environment as a whole should be respected and regarded as having certain legal rights to live and flourish. Proponents of deep ecology believe that the world does not exist as a resource to be freely exploited by humans. I believe that it is really right that the world is not made solely for humans only. Humanity are just part of the cycle that nourishes this world which are depending with each other but humans also has the potential to destroy and emit the balance of this given fact. Human interference or destruction of the natural world poses a threat therefore not only to humanity itself but to all organisms constituting the natural order. Deep ecology established explanations that elucidate its claims which is pretty much enough to explain the role of humans. It takes a more holistic view of the world human beings live in and seeks to apply to life the understanding that the separate parts of the ecosystem function as a whole.
Deep ecology is a somewhat recent branch of ecological philosophy that considers humankind as part of its environment. The philosophy emphasizes the value of human and non-human life as well as the importance of the ecosystem and natural processes. It provides a foundation for the environmental and green movements and has led to a new system of environmental ethics. It offers a philosophical basis for environmental advocacy which may guide human activity against perceived self-destruction. Deep ecology and environmentalism hold that the science of ecology shows that ecosystems can absorb only limited change by humans. Furthermore, both hold that the actions of modern civilization threaten global ecological well-being. Regardless of which model is most accurate, environmentalists contend that massive human economic activity has pushed the biosphere far from its natural state through reduction of biodiversity, climate change, and other influences. As a consequence, civilization is causing mass extinction. As a solution, humanity should take small but progressive steps into changing its point of view of themselves and the environment who is aiding in sustaining life in this world. The central spiritual tenet of deep ecology must be pushed through and widely disseminated explaining that the human species is a part of the Earth and not separate from it. A process of self-realization must be used for an individual to intuitively gain a reasonable perspective. The notion is based on the idea that the more we expand our self-identify with others species here on earth, the more we realize ourselves.
Deep ecology is criticized for its claim to be deeper than other theories which by implication are shallow. It is also being questioned on why it is failing to link environmental crises with authoritarianism and hierarchy. However despite repeated complaints about use of the term, it still enjoys wide currency and evidently has an attractive resonance for many who seek to establish a new framework for guiding human action with respect to the natural world. It may be arrogant to assert that one's thinking is deeper than others but balance should be the one who is in the top on what the world has established as a pyramid of power. It puts forward a new conceptualization of the self and must be taken seriously in the debate about the relationship between humans and nature because it challenges the fundamental assumptions of Western philosophy. The deep-ecological principles of bio-centric egalitarianism and metaphysical holism have elicited robust critiques. Some of the most interesting debates have centered on the normative status of Deep Ecology.
Many in the radical environmental direct-action movement “Earth First” claim to follow deep ecology, as indicated by one of their slogans “No compromise in defense of mother earth”. Many movements like this nowadays has also been a strong advocate for deep ecology and engages in public debates. Many known people such as Robert Greenway and Theodore Roszak have employed the deep ecology platform as a means to argue for eco-psychology. Although eco-psychology is a highly differentiated umbrella that encompasses many practices and perspectives, its ethos is generally consistent with deep ecology. As for now this almost forty-year-old field expands and continues to be reinterpreted by a variety of people thus eco-psychology may change to include further deep ecology principles to these novel perspectives.
Overall, the argument of deep ecology is there should be no sense of inferiority and superiority between humans and the environment. Even though it is said that human has the ultimate sense of values and thinking, it is not enough reason to exploit and take advantage of what is given. We should not be take in the heart and mind the viewpoint that sees humans as dominant over nature and feels that natural resources should be used for the benefit of humanity. It just put man first and declares human beings as superior to all other living and non-living things in the environment. Saying that it is the right of humans to use or even exploit natural resources to further their wealth and comfort and literally favoring economic growth. With the mindset of being concerned with the deterioration of the environment if it negatively impacts the lifestyle of human beings which is really not right if you analyze it carefully. Take side on the principle that is based in the belief that humans must radically change their relationship to nature from one that values nature solely for its usefulness for human beings to one that recognizes nature has an inherent value.
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For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.
- Are we humans more superior than other living and unliving beings?
- What is the best shape to represent our relationship with one another on Earth?
- With our human instincts, who are you gonna save?
- President of the Country
- Endangered Specie
- Does the unliving have life?
- In war, what is the most affected?
- Physical Body
- President of the Country
Interpreting Your Score
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If you got between 2 and 3 correct answers: Just a little bit more!
If you got 4 correct answers: Middle man!
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Raven Cagulang (author) from Davao City, Philippines on June 12, 2020:
Yes, I think living is give and take, a cycle that we can't do just by ourselves but with the help of others
manatita44 from london on June 12, 2020:
A lovely holistic piece. I like it. Man and his environment are inter-dependent as we are to other humans