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Human Exceptionalism

Life and dignity with Wesley J. Smith.

Greenpeace’s War on Humans



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Greenpeace is part of the “War on Humans.” Earlier this week, Patrick Moore, a putative co-founder of Greenpeace, said he left the organization precisely because it became anti-human. From the Washington Times story:

He said he left because he was alarmed by the shift in the organization’s goals. Greenpeace was originally about saving the environment and ending the threat of nuclear war. Over time, he said, the “green” overtook the “peace.” “By the time I left in ‘86, Greenpeace had drifted into a position of characterizing humans as the enemies of the Earth, a cancer on the planet,” said Mr. Moore.

“One of my main contentions is that to see humans as separate from nature and the ecology and the environment is defying the most important first law of ecology, which is that we are all part of nature.” Teaching children that “the human species is a separate, evil thing from nature is extremely damaging to their orientation of life,” he said.

Yes, it is very troubling and unhealthy to teach children that they are “enemies” and vile parasites afflicting the earth.

One quibble with Moore’s comment: I would not say we are “part of nature” in the same sense as a chimp or a redwood tree. To some degree, we have stepped apart–to the point that we are able to manipulate the world in a way that, at least to a degree, frees us from being continually at the effect of nature’s imperatives.

But we do have the duty–an important aspect of human exceptionalism–to engage in responsible environmental practices in the context of promoting pro-human prosperity and thriving. Indeed, contrary to global warming hysterics’ war on humans, prosperity is a necessary predicate to good environmental practice.



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