Understanding Man Nature Symbiosis – The Need for a New Ethics

Journal of the Anthropological Survey of India, 65(2) : (277-284), 2016

Understanding Man Nature Symbiosis – The Need for a New Ethics

Madhumita Chatterjee
Department of Philosophy,Barasat Govt. College, Barasat, West Bengal

Abstract
Our Earth, in which we live, breathe, grow and finally meet our end is full of life and vitality. Unfortunately this green and blue planet is confronting severe crises from different aspects. The anthropomorphism of man, his attitude and behavior towards Earth and her creatures are mainly responsible for this crisis. Man’s indomitable tendency to establish authority over nature can be traced back since the early periods of human civilization. Barring a few eastern civilizations, western world tried to rule over animals, plants and other species making use of man’s courage, power, unlimited greed and propensity to become sovereign ruler of the earth. Religions sanctions which authenticated man’s aforesaid desire coupled with gradual but steady scientific and technological developments, were directed towards harnessing nature, but they have undoubtedly left the entire planet amidst a great crisis- crisis of survival from which it is really difficult to come back. Emergence of environmental ethics has undoubtedly contributed towards heralding some positive change in our attitudes thoughts towards ‘others’. Man is now repeatedly reminded by this new morality that all forms of life in nature are inextricably related. Man so long has deliberately ignored the fact that, he is an inseparable part of nature and subject to laws of nature. His irresistible obsession to dominate and exploit nature, should be replaced by a holistic and integrated view of nature.

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