Yea, the thought somewhat chained off a book I'm reading.
Clarification: We are the only creatures, we know of, that are self-aware, sentient and intelligent. We are also a part of this natural world; being a product OF it. If both of these are true, then it might stand to reason that all that we are (think, feel, do, etc.) are manifestations of the natural world.
... taken a step further, that our needs and desires (most being based on emotions - which aren't endemic to humans - and basic communal and physical needs) might also be the same needs any other entity, from this planet, all of which don't have a voice.
We have a rich and communicative consciousness; alone and singular in this world. If nature had a "voice", where might that voice come from?
Nature could still be self-aware, but unable to act.
It's just that I've always viewed us as somehow "outside", and we're not - no matter what we've done, what we are is inseparable. Lemme toss this about more.
Apologies for the murkiness in lack of precision here; sometimes I forget that for most folks here, such posts are seen as fodder for criticism, axe grinding and degradation. Thanks for the reminder
Yes, it is quite unsettling to think that, while we might be unique here on Earth, we are still part of the same. :brickwall:
What we do, what we've done - when we act irresponsibly - hurts and destroys "it"; and since we are inseparable from it, in so doing we hurt ourselves/our world.
This might give us an obligation to ourselves (and to other lifeforms here) to use such intellect for the protection of this "community"
... woops, just fell into ethics somewhat, didn't we
I don't think it's unsettling at all. It's enlightening, at least to me. It's so very easy for us humans to place ourselves on that grand pedestal, proclaiming mastery of the universe. But, really, we're just creatures, creatures here on Earth, albeit with the very unique abilities aforementioned.
Not a bad thing at all. It's a stepping stone to humbleness, I think. A humbleness we often misplace during our climb up that pedestal.
If most people stop and think of how we are infinitesimally small compared to everything