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Nature_and_Environment.28

Human Ecology

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{Nature_and_Environment.28.5}: Richard Witty {gisland} Sat, 18 Sep 2004 17:36:12 CDT (37 lines)

The reason ecology is subversive is because it is holistic or
comprehensive rather than strategic.

Capitalism is built to facilitate the pursuit of strategy. Strategy
is the epitome of rational economic self-interest. In pre-monopoly
capitalist descriptions, rational economic self-interest (motivation
towards a specific end) is that, rational, understandable, worthy of
encouragement.

Once giant, capitalism is a fetish of the original understanding of
liberty, of rational self-interest.

And, its consequences are larger and homogeneous.

Like a bigger human male is not necessary less sensitive, nor
necessary more harmful by his momentum, a large corporation may be
sensitive and humane. But, it takes intention and skill. It does NOT
happen automatically in a vacuum.


Its more radical for a human to recognize that he/she is a human. Any
animal can be animal, but only an omnivore with self-reflection can
create a society worthy of the name, a species that simultaneously
survives and doesn't abuse.


Where an individuals or groups impact is insignificant to the whole,
sensitivity and self-reflection is not needed. The larger dynamic
prevails, the homeostasis of widespread mutually accountable conflict
and cooperation.

Where an individual or group's impact is potentially significant to
the whole, sensitivity and self-reflection (intentionally yeilding
the golden rule) is needed.

Its impossible for us to renounce our humanness, as it is impossible
to renounce our mammalness, or our physical existence.

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