Can you believe that the Dragonfly has as much inherent value as you do? If you can you are well on your way to an Ecocentric life and the world stands a chance for survival. If you can’t then you are definitely Anthropocentric and the world will just continue on down the road to death and destruction.
Ecocentric is a way of looking at the world that believes everything has a value all its own. In a nutshell this means that I do not have the right to destroy something just because it bothers me or I think that I can make some money out of it.
Anthropocentric believes that anything and everything has value only as it relates to humans. You have the absolute right to use and destroy anything you want to. You have this right because you are the center of the Universe. You are human and you are superior to everything else!
Perhaps it is just that much of my brain has always been compared to rock but the more I look into this question the more I find myself on the Ecocentric side of the debate.
For Buddhists this view makes sense because they see the entire Universe as being absolutely interconnected and as being never ending and never beginning. This means that God did not create us as superior to anything else because God did not create us.
But not to worry you can also be a good Jew, or Christian or Muslim and be Ecocentric too.
‘Gen 1:29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food. ” And it was so.’
Biblically all of creation was vegetarian. Nothing had to die for us or anything else to live. We were all meant to live peacefully one with another. For a fact this was to change later but at the start we were all friends.
God’s Covenant With Noah
‘9 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.’
This was the beginning of Anthropocentric life. And this Covenant we have had no problem keeping. There is however no physical, mental or spiritual reason to continue to live to this inferior Covenant. You and I can choose to live in harmony with the world.