18 Jan 2004 12:05

Polluting ourselves out of house and home is a Bad Thing, and certainly an ugly one; ditto indiscriminate destruction of wild-life and environments. However, I like people --- some, anyway --- and don't much fancy dying at thirty after a life at hard labor, ignorance and crushing social control, so getting rid of industrial civilization is also a Bad Thing. (Hobbes was right about "nasty, poor, brutish and short," but wrong, alas, about "solitary.") Nature is not sacred, and if it was a person would be wasteful and cruel; but it isn't, and so can't even be indifferent. In the words of the Whole Earth Catalog, "We are as gods, and had better get good at it."

See also: Ecology; the Left