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Originally posted by Sinter Klaas
reply to post by troubleshooter
Either we have some moral responsibility to use our natural abilities in the service of nature or we are just a natural force...
...and our actions whether to protect or destroy have no moral meaning at all.
As I said, humans are either a natural force beyond moral responsibility or we have the responsibility to 'manage' nature...
...I can't think of a third option...can you?
Thank you for your explanation
A third option...?
What about our natural drive to reproduce and spread our genes. The responsibility our offspring can spread our genes in the future.
IMO. We don't have to be a ruling class to do so. Our meddling is responsible for almost all the problems around today.
That's why I say that we are not special. This special feeling makes us feel better and behave as idiots, destroying the world we live in. If we came to a point where we would consider our selves part of nature. Maybe... just maybe, we will start acting like it.
Originally posted by ChickenPie
It'd be nice if humans treated lower animals with more respect, but make no mistake, we are special. That's why we're the ones having a scientific/philosophical discussion via man-made technology in regards to lower animal intelligence, while animals like squirrels are stuck outside preoccupied with chewing nuts. Hey, you think they're going to build a space shuttle out of those discarded nutshells any time soon? Maybe a computer?