A perplexity of value (interactive perspective piece)
Monday, June 29, 2009 - 16:08
The environmental movement is unequivocally about the defense and prosperity of life, that ecosystems don't dissolve and resources aren't abused and horded. There is an essence of community -- that you look out for and trust your neighbor and all are the better from it. But despite overarching generalities that summarize the appeal of the green movement, the truth of this issue is that it will require many significant and difficult choices in all strata of influence and in rapid succession to truly bring about the stated ends of the cause. Furthermore, we must question contradictions between the moral codes of environmental allies.
Life is something we have so far encountered in only one place, and empirically we have come to cherish life at some level. For some, human life is the only valuable form of life. For many, some people's lives are more valuable than others. There are then those who see all life forms as equal, while a broad majority uses situational inference to attach artificial gradient that unconsciously assigns highs and lows in the spectrum of life. We must then compare innocence to capability, whether we defend the purest representations of our higher qualities as seen in "lesser beings" or recognize our closest relatives as "supreme." Is all life as meaningless as its weakest link or as brilliant as its highest form? Death is as natural as life, and crucially interrelated to its adaptation, do ends justify means even if they are contradictory to the intention -- that death for the preservation of life be justified, or that peace comes from war, or that prosperity requires that you stand on the shoulders of others?
All teachings and thoughts on the subject have a message somewhere within the confines of the wide spectrum, but from a point of omniscience, life is all relative. Viewed through the scope of mankind, assuming we abandon deterrents to life's equality, all is wholly sacred, from the semblance of ants running beneath you, to your very being. Viewed from an opposing end, we are as gruesome and expendable as a cockroach. Or we can pick and choose at our liking, blending a vast host of factors into an instinctive equation of individuality.
The purpose of this article is to bring a depth of thought to the meaning and value of life, and I thus ask for any comments or opinions as to your take on issues related to these topics, whether they are population control and suburban sprawl, or animal rights and human life issues. For observance of the spectrum in all its grandeur and substance can bring revelation for all.
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