My Reply To “care2.com/causes/environment/blog/is-nature-a-creation-to-defend-or-divinity-to-worship”

Here’s The Question: (Want to read the full Article?)

Apparently, the reverence of nature portrayed in the film (Avatar) has the Vatican crying ‘foul’. L’Osservatore (the offical Vatican newspaper) criticized the film
because it "gets bogged down by a spiritualism linked to the worship of
nature." The Vatican Radio said it "cleverly winks at all those
pseudo-doctrines that turn ecology into the religion of the
millennium", and objects to the idea that "Nature is no longer a
creation to defend, but a divinity to worship."

The current
pope, Benedict XVI is no green-basher. In fact Vatican City is the
world’s first carbon-neutral sovereign state, and Benedict is sometimes
called the ‘green pope’. He recently criticized world leaders for letting "economic and political resistance" get in the way of an agreement in Copenhagen
But…the Pope is apparently also concerned about a
new ‘neo-paganism’, and that a correct relationship between man and the
environment should not lead to "absolutizing nature" or "considering it
more important than the human person."
 
In the book of Genesis,
god pretty clearly creates the plants and animals to serve man, and the
bible, like the Pope, sees our role as stewards. On the other hand the Gaia Hypothesis views the Earth and biosphere as a single interrelated organism. And then there’s Michael Pollan, who in the Botany of Desire
portrayed man as an an unwitting slave to nature. Finally, much of the
modern green movement seems to be based simply do no — or at least
less — harm. 

So what does it mean to be an
environmentalist? Worshiping nature? Being a good steward? Serving
nature? Simply trying to do no harm?


My Answer:

We are trying to heal the planet, right? So why not take the same oath as a doctor would:

"I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and NEVER DO HARM to anyone."

So, we should do things for the good of our planet to heal it and try
not harm it anymore. (By the way there is also a line in the
Hippocratic Oath that says "I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if
I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan." This could be taken to mean
no Nuclear weapons/Weapons of mass destruction. Because let’s face it
those would be lethal to Planet Earth.)

Anyway that’s just my opinion. Thanks for reading it. =)

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