Environmental Ethic Analysis

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I totally agree with the argument that “The root cause even of physical and ecological problems are the inner constraints on our vision and values ...". This is mainly because of the human attitudes and tendencies towards the environment, and their consumption and reproduction patterns. Human being relationship with the environment has evolved rapidly over the years as mankind continue to increase his egocentric tendencies of desiring to maximize their wealth, consumption and reproduction (Gross, p.165). This argument can be explained by this week’s readings from the article by Rita M. Gross “Toward a Buddhist Environmental Ethic” as she tries to explain and apply Buddhist theories to issues concerning the environment. It is imperative to note that mankind’s desire to increase his consumption and reproduction are the main causes of ecological and physical problems. Another issue that Gross claims to be a cause of ecological crisis is that of ignorance. Also, our patterns of consumption, as Claxton argues are a main cause of ecological crisis.

Human beings are motivated to do things by their desires and cravings which in turn results in environmental degradation and problems. The more a man consumes or reproduces, the more he feels that he has satisfied his or her desires and has attained happiness therefore, …show more content…

Human beings reprioritize their values with an attempt of ensuring a more sustainable relationship with the environment. They do this by reducing their rate of consumption and desire to accumulate material possession. Claxton claims that the human behavior, belief systems and values are responsible for creating an experience that may be understood as presupposition of the system or may not be understood at all (p.75). The goal of attaining maximum material possession hinders mankind’s environmental

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