I feel very connected with most of Bruckner’s writing, even though there are still some strong disagreement and some culture and religious beliefs that I am not sure about.”For centuries, we have waged war on the world by trying to dominate it; now we have to wage war on war, sign an armistice with water, trees, stones, the oceans”(p.11). Like Bruckner said, human invaded, and was trying to dominate the earth through war, when they failed, and find it is impossible, they start to announce specific areas as their own. Humans have never stopped to influence the world, and with human’s temptation to take control of things happened on this earth, in order to maintain themselves safe, it might bring harm to the whole ecosystem.
It is very interesting when Bruckner write about the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement that some individuals believed in. Their statement is to extreme to me: “When every human chooses to stop breeding, Earth’s biosphere will be allowed to return to its former glory.”Even though human activity is a major influence of the earth, but their belief is too extreme that they would like the human species extinct from the earth. This reminded me of one thing that I am really concerned about. The ancient tribes lived in Mongolia and Inner Mongolia was believed in wolf totem(and probably several other animals as their totem, like eagles). They believe that wolves could bring their spirit to heaven when they are died and eating by them – celestial burial. I think this tradition is actually benefiting the environment much more than any other types of burial. When human bodies are eating by other carnivores like wolves, they actually are considered part of the food chain. There is a saying for this in China that “what comes from nature will eventually goes back to the nature”. I felt that doing this will be much beneficial than people restricting themselves to give birth to babies or to be hateful to ourselves. And there must be other ways we could change to make earth better.
Bruckner explains the Apocalyptic as “it frightens, it literally creates the fear from which it seeks to protect us (p.27)”. He claim that the ‘heuristics of fear’ is “a tool of knowledge and foresight, a way pf sparing future generations the dangers inherent in technology. (p.26)” The word apocalypticism was originally have a religious meaning that referred to a revelation of God’s will, but now usually refers to the belief that the world will come to an end very soon, even within one’s own lifetime. This word has become part of the environmentalism because, as Bruckner claimed: “we are all responsible for the world’s misfortunes, whether we want to be or not (p.27)”. As we are taking responsibilities because of our actions, it could enlighten us of what should we do and how should we act in relation to the environment.
As this is a more philosophical book more with ideas and evidence, I enjoyed more with his ideas and critiques on human beings than of Sullivan and Abbey’s. In reading his work, I could not stop thinking about his argument along with my criticises. Even though, overall, I would most likely to agree with him on some of the ideas he wrote (or quoted), but I find that in several of the chapters at the beginning, he is too much of a hater with negative views of the world with the influence of the human beings. However, as he wrote in the later chapters, we are surely living in the age of science with enormous suspicions, it is important that we keep exploring, and seek the issues from different perspectives. This way, we will not only focusing on being suspicious, but use it as a tool for improvement and to form a new relationship of collaboration with the world.
There is one thing that I hold different opinion with him. He keeps referring the nature as a friend, and we should ‘use’ nature, but to me, nature is much sacred. Even though we humans are conscious beings who could somehow manipulate the environment, like pollution, preservation, conservation, and reconstitution, we are still one species live on the earth depending on the nature. We are no more, and no less differential in living and dying compare to other living organisms on earth.