Towards an Ethics of Permanence

gregory-colbertNyla Coelho & M.G. Jackson, write an exclusive essay for Ecologise, calling for a fundamental transformation of our perceptions of reality, and a befitting code of conduct to govern our relations with one another and with every other entity on earth; a planetary imperative in need of assertion.

Human beings have always been fascinated by nature; sometimes awed by its beauty, sometimes frightened by its fury as experienced in earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and drought. When it comes to our experience of human nature, we are sometimes thrilled and at other times disgusted by our own doings, confused and, rarely, contrite over what we have done or not done. We may at times try to understand and come to terms with all these perceptions, but mostly tend to avoid rigorous self-examination.

As a result, nature, including human nature, has been severely damaged by the violence of our activities. Present signs suggest that a global disaster of unimaginable dimensions is imminent. The feeble attempts so far made to avert it, have had little effect. Denial, procrastination, blaming and seeking to punish others, are all in full play. We hastily introduce piecemeal reforms and fine-tune our thinking and acting only to find that they complicate the problems they were designed to solve. We are still largely groping in the dark.

Perhaps the basic reason for this state of affairs is a faulty perception of our place in the natural order of things. Perhaps a fundamental transformation of our perceptions of ourselves and our world is needed.

Read the full article in Ecologise