Friday, December 07, 2012

Environment and Ethics

The atmosphere, the surroundings of the human habitat wherein humanity breathes and lives, thinks and acts, works and spends its entire rational existence, is commonly known and called as the “environment”. In more ways than one, it can be said that the ground reality is that humans themselves form a part of the environment. This is true in three ways as forwarded and affirmed by force of reason.

First, the two so intimately interact with one another such that it can be considered as purely academic to say that they are really detached and truly independent from the other. Second, the two can be said as a cause and effect paring such that they affect, do or undo, preserve or destroy and thereby keep or lose one another. Third, they are benefited or damaged by one another, depending on how they interact in terms of either preserving or wasting one another such that what is right or wrong they do to one another, ultimately spells their respective well-being or ruin.

It is during these critical times – after humanity has for so long lived and occupied the world – that the relevance and significance of the environment to people has become more pronounced as well as more evident – primarily on account of the following considerations: One, the protection of and care for the environment by humanity equal the latter’s good and well-being. Two, the damage and wastage of the environment by humanity in effect spells the latter's own injury and loss. Three, thus it is that humanity has no intelligent choice other than advocating for and defending the integrity of the environment so that this in turn can serve the needs and promote the welfare of humankind.

The over-all conclusions wherefore are the following: At the front is the fact that in the order of time, the environment came first before humanity such that everything in the sphere of nature was already there and prepared to attend to the requirements of man upon his actual advent. At the middle is the truth that there should be mutual service between humanity and the environment – lest one of them or both suffer from serious harm if not downright devastation. At the end is that after all is said and noted, it still remains incumbent upon humanity to respect and promote the soundness of the environment so that the former can continue benefiting from the latter from birth to death.

In other words: Environment is at the service of humanity. Humanity should be for the protection and promotion of the environment. Technology must favor both humanity and the environment. Otherwise…