Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

08 September 2009

Side with the living

A note to those who would demonize nature

by Derrick Jensen

The other night I saw a commercial for a PBS program that breathlessly described how orcas “dominate” the oceans. And the nature program I had the misfortune to see before that talked of different species of bears “conquering” each other’s territories. The program repeatedly emphasized the powerful bite of one particular type of bear—making sure we got the point by always playing scary music when these bears were depicted—and only late in the program did viewers learn that these bears were exclusively scavengers, with powerful jaws not so they could “conquer” and “dominate,” but so they could break the bones of those already dead. This projection onto the natural world of this culture’s urge to dominate is so ubiquitous ...

Read the full article on the commondreams website or the Orion website.

And whatever you do, don't forget to click on the comments section at the bottom of both articles. There are some wonderful debates that follow.

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