I don’t expect much of something coming out of Stanford, but this article is ridiculously funny and could just as well have been printed in the Onion.
Deep ecology: No more ‘people’
What do I mean by “no more ‘people’ “?
The phrase could mean “no more people than we have now” — limiting our population for the sake of other species — or it even could mean “zero people.” There’s a group called the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement with the slogan, “May we live long and die out.”
What I really mean by “no more ‘people’ “ is something that both of these ideas exemplify: no more putting people first. Just as scientific discoveries prompted a shift in paradigms from a geocentric to a heliocentric solar system, discoveries about human relatedness with other species call for a shift in priorities from anthropocentrism to ecocentrism.
This is the heart of a philosophy I like very much: deep ecology. Its tenets include:
The well-being and flourishing of human and nonhuman life on earth have value in themselves.
The flourishing of human life and cultures is compatible with a substantial decrease of the human population. The flourishing of nonhuman life requires such a decrease.
….Some people find it depressing to think that “humans are just animals.” But if we appreciated the intelligence and importance of other animal species, the view could be, not “Oh, humans are just animals,” but rather “Wow! Humans are animals!”
Deep ecology can be a general return to eastern and earth-based religious practices. I personally don’t believe in “God,” but I certainly believe in the earth (I can see it, feel it, no one asks me whether I believe in it, etc.) and I have good reason to be grateful for it, since it provides for my needs and so forth. Lately, there’s been discussion (e.g. in “The God Gene”) — about our need to worship something. Why not “worship” the earth and the biosphere? Deep ecology is starting to sound like tribal religion.
Well this is deep, like something accidentally stepped in. If humans are just animals then either we can kill other humans for food sources or we have to stop eating animals out of solidarity. In fact we must prevent other animals from eating other animals. We are the more intelligent animal (or is that my human-centrism slipping in) so we must enlighten the other animals to stop this animal cannibalism. We must liberate the lion and tiger from using fellow animals as food sources and introduce them to yogurt, granola, and salads. In fact I nominate the writer of this article to feed her fellow carnivorous animals in this task Especially to hand feed alligators tofu turkeys.