Ecocide

The psychology that underlies destructive attitudes towards our planetary predicament – sometimes called ecocide – is being increasingly explored. Here is one example from an academic who has written extensively on the subject – Steve Taylor writing in Psychology Today. He comments and asks- human beings may be collectively suffering from a psychological disorder (which I call ‘humania’), and our reckless abuse of the environment is one of the best pieces of evidence for this. Would a sane species abuse their own habitat so recklessly? And would they allow such dangerous trends to intensify without taking any serious measures against them?

He points to two factors underlying ecoscide:

1. Our ego-separateness means that we don’t feel connected to the “web of creation,

2. our “de-sacralised” vision of nature, our inability to sense the “being-ness” of natural phenomena.

He sees some hope. The last few decades have seen major cultural changes which suggest that, collectively, we may be slowly moving beyond “ego-separateness.

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