World Highlights The War on Humans

by Wesley J. Smith

The War on Humans received a nice write up in World magazine. From the story:

Bioethicist Wesley J. Smith describes the growing influence of “anti-humanism” in a new digital book and documentary released on YouTube last month. The book and film ask what it means to be human and examines the implications of radical environmentalists’ claims that humans are no more special than animals or even plants.

This is a serious problem. A pro-human environmentalism promotes human thriving and prosperity–as it also exercises our responsibility to employ responsible environmental practices.

In contrast, an anti-human environmentalism denigrates our species and pursues human-harming policies:

Denying human exceptionalism devalues humanity and leads to a breakdown of morality. The 2004 “Holocaust on Your Plate” campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals displayed photos of animals in slaughterhouses next to photos of inmates in Auschwitz. “Any movement that can’t distinguish between the worst evils ever done to humankind and animal husbandry [has] lost the ability to talk about morality to anyone,” Smith said.

Radical environmentalists think that if humans “see ourselves as just part of nature, then we will be more gentle on the land and we will treat animals more humanely and so forth,” Smith observed in the film. “If we see ourselves as just another animal in the forest, that’s precisely how we’ll act.”

In my view the very future of the environmental movement itself is at stake in this discussion. I mean, who is going to follow a Green flag with an advocacy slogan, “You are all a cancer on the earth.”?

Human Exceptionalism

Life and dignity with Wesley J. Smith.