Fresh take on religion and the enviroment
One of my favorite anthropologists Gregory Bateson (1904-1980) photo below with his third child
says in his ‘Steps to an Ecology of Mind‘ something profound about environmental attitudes and therefore about conflict on perhaps the most important issue for our future:
“If you put God outside and set him vis-à-vis his creation and if you have the idea that you are created in his image, you will logically and naturally see yourself as outside and against the things around you.
And as you arrogate all mind to yourself, you will see the world around you as mindless and therefore not entitled to moral or ethical consideration. The environment will seem to be yours to exploit.
Your survival unit will be you and your folks or conspecifics, against the environment, of other social units, other races, and brutes and vegetables.
If this is your estimate of your relation to nature and you have an advanced technology, your likelihood of survival will be that of a snowball in hell. You will die either of the toxic by-products of your own hate, or, simply of overpopulation and overgrazing. The raw materials of this world are finite.”