HUMAN BEINGS ARE PART OF NATURE 4
HumanBeings are Part of Nature
HumanBeings are part of Nature
AldoLeopold, a historical philosopher, explored the relationship betweenhuman and nature in an essay he called ‘Land Ethics`. According tohim, the soil, water, plants, humans, and other animals form acommunity (Clowney & Mosto, 2009). The community, therefore,should live in harmony where there is no member of the communitytrying to dominate others. His primary concern culminated in aconcept that the scientific and technological development should notlead to the mass destruction of the environment. The essay focuses onthe relationship between human and nature and whether the humansshould be considered part of nature.
Thebasic concept of the ecology states that land is a community, whichneeds to be, loved (Callicott et al, 2014). Feelings of affection aredirected towards something we can see, feel, understand, have faithin and also have love. Therefore, to have ethics towards land, thereshould be an individual conviction of responsibility for the goodhealth of the earth. Considering a human as part of nature narrowsthe gap between the human and the land. In that case, humans findthemselves as one thing with nature and hence see the need toconserve it. Currently, the environment is highly endangered bythreats of pollution and depletion of natural resources by humans(Clowney & Mosto, 2009).
Consideringhumans as part of nature will highly enhance the state of theenvironment as well as the conservation of nature. Sustaining liferequires the land to be conserved together with its content thatincludes water, soil and plants (Callicott et al, 2014). Therefore,personal conviction towards the preservation of the land needs to beof the essence. It is in this regard that humans should be heldresponsible towards fellow members of the community without thebiases of domination. That way, life will be enhanced, and thelargest threat towards land will subside.
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