On the ride up, during a recent day-trip to an amazing secret swimming spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a new friend of mine and I had a warm debate regarding the influence and potential of the individual human being, as well as mass society and its effects on wild nature.
Wikipedia defines humanism as so:
“Humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence (rationalism and empiricism) over acceptance of dogma or superstition.”
And antihumanism as such:
“Antihumanism is a theory that is critical of traditional humanism and traditional ideas about humanity and the human condition.Central to antihumanism is the view that concepts of ‘human nature’, ‘man’, or ‘humanity’ should be rejected as historically relative or metaphysical.”
Furthermore, it is important to note the concept of extinctionism, which asserts:
“…the human population is far greater than the Earth can handle, and that the best thing for Earth’s biosphere is for humans to voluntarily cease reproducing. He says that humans are ‘incompatible with the biosphere’ and that human existence is causing environmental damage which will eventually bring about the extinction of humans (as well as other organisms). According to [Les U.] Knight, the vast majority of human societies have not lived sustainable lifestyles, and attempts to live environmentally friendly lifestyles do not change the fact that human existence has ultimately been destructive to the Earth and many of its non-human organisms. Voluntary human extinction is promoted on the grounds that it will prevent human suffering and the extinction of other species; Knight points out that many species are threatened by the increasing human population.”
This week we ask, where do you come down in this debate? Are humans inherently good? Do they perpetually fuck-up nature? Are we better off gone?
What redeemable qualities do we have? If nature is sacred, are we?
What represents the best of humanity? The worst? Let us know below!