Mother Board - Nature Is Violent
Kristen Gunther on the arrogance of some moonbats, ( Vox’s Jacy Reese in particular ) who don’t really understand nature, and would like to civilize it.
When it comes to issues of environmental ethics, it’s common to argue from the gut, with advocates on any given side of an issue defaulting to vague, emotional statements about natural “harmony” and what is “felt” to be right. The “Bambi effect” and other reductive ecological representations have helped facilitate a Western view of nature as a placid space. In reality, nature is brutal.
In a recent article, Vox contributor Jacy Reese introduced a new, sweeping argument to the mix of emotional pleas for environmental change: that humans should contemplate and intervene in the experience of all suffering by wild animals.
Equipped with the viral story of Cecil the Lion and the subsequent debate over trophy hunting, Reese suggests that our obligation goes beyond the alleviation of human-induced forms of suffering, to the eradication of “natural agonies” such as wildlife disease and the pain visited upon prey by predators. He also unintentionally offers readers an instructive look at why arguing for environmental approaches through self-centered assumptions is foolhardy, arrogant, and often immensely destructive.