On “Love It or Lose It:The Coming Biophilia Revolution”


Photo from: http://adrienprochon.blogspot.com/2011/09/biophilia-or-biophobia-david-orr.html
Photo from: http://adrienprochon.blogspot.com/2011/09/biophilia-or-biophobia-david-orr.html

The definition of biophilia according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is “a hypothetical human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature.” This excerpt from Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect speaks about a recent increase in a general aversion to nature that has been brought upon by the uprising of technology and urban sprawl.  We live surrounded by concrete and other structures of our own creation and have a tendency to be uncomfortable in nature.  In my daily life, I feel this to be true, even though it isn’t necessarily intentional.  With all of the things that the general person has to do in their day-to-day life, its not always convenient to find time and a place to spend time in nature.  Just walking to class, how many people do you see actually looking around them and not down at a phone screen?  Biophobia may be more prevalent.  Almost every adult has a phobia of some kind of bug or animal, when as a kid there was a tendency to be in awe, or at least be interested in animals and bugs.  Its almost like we grow out of it as we grow up and move on to bigger and better things.  There is also a sort of parallel with the idea that the closer a person lives to nature, the more respect he/she has for it.  We as a species have moved as far from nature as we can at the moment, and the earth is the worst for it.  Deforestation, ozone depletion, global warming, and ocean resource depletion among other negative factors have become much worse in later years, but where and how does it stop?  Like in the reading, it has something to do with self-interest.  On one hand, we want something to be immediately gratifying, but on the other, we know that there is no quick fix to the problems with the earth as a whole. There was two sentences that I liked a lot: “We have good reason to believe that human intelligence could not have evolved in a lunar landscape, devoid of biological diversity. We also have good reason to believe that the sense of awe toward the creation had a great deal to do with the origin of language and that early hominids wanted to talk, sing, and write poetry in the first place.” After reading the excerpt, I have the belief that the various ecological crises that plague the earth are due to human nature. Ever since the beginning, our species has been on a constant mission to be more than what we have ever been, to do more than we have ever done, and to create things in general with almost a complete disregard of future consequences. The ending of the excerpt suggests ways to aid the coming of the biophilia revolution: 1.) recovery of childhood, 2.) recovery of a sense of place, 3.) education, and 4.) the creation of a new relationship with animals.  I think this would be a start but it is would be difficult to do this for the whole world in order to make a difference.

Photo from: http://cycolloquium.blogspot.com/2011/09/love-it-or-lose-it-coming-biophilia.html
Photo from: http://cycolloquium.blogspot.com/2011/09/love-it-or-lose-it-coming-biophilia.html

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