Eco-Thought VIII

For me, nature isn’t an impersonal thing, that we can use and abuse as we like with no consequences. Nature too is sensitive, and capable of being “hurt, molested, invaded and trespassed.”

In some ways we could project our human experience onto nature, saying that nature “thinks and feels” like us, which I don’t think it does. However, I think we have a natural empathy towards nature that allows us to relate our states of being with nature’s states of being. This empathy, I believe, is naturally occurring. Our thoughts and feelings are part of nature, so when we say “this landscape is suffering”, it is, albeit through us and our sense of suffering. This is an important connection that occurs naturally in us.

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