One of the most destructive things that’s happening in modern society is that we are losing our sense of the bonds that bind people together – which can lead to nightmares of social collapse. … Alexander McCall Smith
Why can’t we just get along? This is a question that I have been working on in my new book, Divided: Colliding Ways We See the World. In the next several posts in this blog series I am looking at the Modern Worldview. I would like to share with you some ideas that I have been exploring.
In the next several blogs, we are exploring the ideological, philosophical, scientific, religious, political, environmental and economic characteristics of the modern worldview.
The Environment in the Modern Worldview
“The big problem of our modern society is that we feel that we are separated from nature. But it’s just the opposite. We are interrelated and our DNA is the same.”…
With the modern worldview, the capitalist system calculated an economic price for nature’s bounty. This economic thinking meant that nature was not regarded as a sacred source of beauty, awe, inspiration and reverence but as a supplier of resources, an
economic commodity. Although probably unintentionally, Westerners tampered with the world’s ecosystem by introducing new species into colonial areas and by over-hunting, overgrazing, and deforesting vast stretches of land, which reduced, altered or exterminated the diversity of life.
Today’s environmental devastation is largely a result of seeing the environment through the modern worldview lens. Resources are extracted from what is seen as inanimate
nature in a detached and mechanistic way. Nature is an object, separate and inferior to human extractors. Often environmental damage is not experienced immediately but at some time in the future, yet the unseen, long-term consequences are conveniently ignored or postponed to a vague future date. Nature’s purpose in this worldview is to provide the materials necessary for “progress” to be achieved by human beings.
About the Author
Dr. Denise R. Ames is a long-time educator, grade 7-university, author of seven books, and president of an educational non-profit, Center for Global Awareness, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. CGA provides books, resources, and services with a holistic, global- focused, and perspective-taking approach for their three programs: Global Awareness for Educators, books and resources for educators and students grade 9-university; Gather, Global Awareness Through Engaged Reflection, a self-organizing study and conversation program for adults focusing on seeing different perspectives of pressing global issues; and their most recent program Turn, Transformative Understanding and Reflection Network, which encourages lifelong and transformative learning to help us arrive at a place of personal and global well-being using a seven “path” approach.
For more about worldviews see Dr. Ames’ book Five Worldviews: How We See the World. $9.95