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Roots of Our Ecological Crisis Essay

… ¶ … Roots of Our Ecological Crisis is an argumentative attempt to place blame for mankind's woes at the feet of several different factions. The purpose of this essay is to examine White's writing and present an explanation for his views while concluding with an alternative argument that addresses and solves many of the problems that White clamored about in this piece.

I agree with many of the ideas contained within this piece but the very premise that this essay is based upon is clearly logically flawed. White assumed, and clearly enunciated in his title, that the world is in a crisis. This particular viewpoint colors and contextualizes all of the ensuing material that eventually blames Christianity for an imbalance of nature of man.

Another…. [read more]


Wall-E: Critical Analysis Film Review

… Wall-E: A metaphor of creation and a fall from grace

In our modern day society, religion is often depicted as the enemy of science and technology. Science is viewed as mechanistic and the antithesis of creative, humanistic responses to struggle. The film Wall-E challenges this notion in its tale of the birth and growth of a small robot that is analogous to the creation story of Adam and Eve. By creating such an implied story of origins, Wall-E implies we must rethink our relationship between humanity and technology. Ironically, the little robot is the most human creature in the entire film, much more so than the human beings who have become lazy and unaware of the beauty of the world's creation. Through his naive and…. [read more]


Buddhist Ethical Concerns Term Paper

… (Keown D.)

However, on the other hand Buddhism is also ethically against "research which involves the intentional destruction of human life, such as stem cell research." (ibid) This is due to the fact that Buddhism

... places great importance on the principle of ahimsa, or non-harming, and therefore has grave reservations about any scientific technique or procedure that involves the destruction of life, whether human or animal. Such actions are prohibited by the First Precept of Buddhism, which prohibits causing death or injury to living creatures."

( ibid)

This ethical dilemma for Buddhism also applies to other current issues and debates, such as euthanasia and abortion. The Buddhist view on these issues, while varied and at times ambiguous in some schools of thought, essentially follows…. [read more]


Bible God's Creation Essay

… " People are without excuse to be humble before God's creation: to view God's creation as something that is sacred but not possibly imbued with the Holy Spirit. Indeed, Zaleha (1997) and others promote Christian pantheism for political reasons: to foster environmental ideology. If God is everywhere, in all things, then God is in every leaf, flower and bird. This notion prohibits human beings from destroying nature. It is wrong to misinterpret the Bible to promote political goals, no matter how worthy those goals may be. It is enough to want to protect nature because nature is God's creation; not because nature is God. Christians come treacherously close to being pagans when they start believing in pantheism or worse, animism.

Unity with God, which is…. [read more]


Cultural Religious and Political Intertwinements in Leopold Sedar Senghor Works Research Proposal

… Senghor

CULTURAL, RELIGIOUS, and POLITICAL INTERTWINEMENTS in LEOPOLD SENGHOR'S WORKS

CULTURAL, RELIGIOUS, and POLITICAL INTERTWINEMENTS in LEOPOLD SEDAR SENGHOR'S WORKS

This research study examines the cultural, religious and political intertwinements in Leopold Sedar Senghor's Works and how his experiential multi-cultural life experiences served to support his belief in cross-culturalism. Greatly influenced by his beginnings or his roots in Africa and his French education Senghor is not only known as one of the world's best poets but also was elected president of the country of Senegal during his lifetime. Senghor had a part in the Negritude movement but Senghor moved beyond Negritude into a much broader and expanded view of social, political and religious interaction and integration in society and culture. Senghor's earlier works were destroyed…. [read more]


Aztec Influence Over Pre-Colonial Mexico Research Proposal

… Aztec Conquest

The Conquest of the Aztecs

The traditional perspective on the peoples who populated the land today known as Mexico and anthropologically described as Mesoamerica is that they were the members of a warlike society that, on account of its primitive view of the world, was bound for extinction at the hands of European conquerors. This is a version of the explanation for the total annihilation of the Aztec people and culture as it occurred in the 16th century. However, this is a story whose primary sources are those produced by the Europeans to witness, commit and prosper from the genocide of a once mighty culture. Therefore, it is with a certain concession to uncertainty that the collection of historians evaluated for this discussion…. [read more]


Gaia and God Rosemary Term Paper

… Ultimately, Ruether argues that human relationships with both each other and the environment itself need to be fundamentally changed. She notes, "Only by understanding how the web of life works can we also learn to sustain it rather than destroy it. This is not simply a task of intellectual understanding, but of metanoia, in the fullest sense of the word: of conversion of our spirit and culture, of our technology and social relations, so that the human species exists within nature in a life-sustaining way."

Ruether is specific in many of her suggestions for change. These are varied and include both wide-sweeping suggestions for societal changes, and smaller, more personal changes in behavior. Ruether argues for eating less meat, creating towns where work and services…. [read more]


Western Civilization? Define Its Major Components Term Paper

… ¶ … Western Civilization"? Define its major components and discuss its political and geographical reach.

Western civilization is a phrase used to usually pass on to most of the civilization of European derivation and most of their offspring. It includes the wide; geographically build inheritance of communal standard, moral values, customary society for example religion and particular relic and knowledge as shared in the Western field of power. The East West comparison is occasionally disapproved as relativistic and illogical. It can be complicated to decide which people fit into which group. In some ways it has developed out of use or has been distorted or illuminated to fit more in accurate uses. Although, it is openly descendent from educational oriental and occidental, the changing use…. [read more]


Environmental Ethics Social Economics and Political Term Paper

… Environmental Ethics and Morality

Ethics and Morality in Matters of the Planet and its Peoples

It is an awe-inspiring natural world that humans have evolved into and inherited. In it, through it, and notwithstanding its fragile underpinnings, for better or for worse (more on the "worse" side than the "better") humans have carved out cities, countries, societies and standards of living. Some societies, such as Western nations like the U.S., the UK, and other European countries, have abused the planet in a mad dash to continually raise their standards of living. This mad dash is taking a terrible toll on the planet. No longer can there be any doubt that the human imprint - lately "carbon imprint" is the operative term - has caused destruction,…. [read more]


Sociology: Changing Societies Book Report

… A union leader in Washington, D.C., isn't a miner, but miner's groups are his reference group because he identifies so strongly with their needs and aspirations.

Primary groups refer to groups where a person received his or her first important lessons about life and social realities - most often, a typical primary group is the family. Individuals develop their self-concepts and their sense of themselves in a primary group. In a secondary group, such as the HR department at work, a person is less emotionally connected, and feels less totally included in the group's values and actions. A secondary group allows for roles to be played in order to carry out that group's utilitarian functions, whereas in a primary group, one's role is pretty much…. [read more]


Future Wars of the Middle East Will Result Over Water Shortages Term Paper

… Water in the Middle East

Governments around the world have a primary concern over water availability and the Middle East and North Africa are no exception. The thesis evaluates the possibility of future wars throughout the Middle East and North Africa due to water scarcity and limited water resources presently being experienced in that region.

The paper starts by revealing the gravity of the situation by showing the present statistics surrounding the problem of water scarcity throughout the world. Thereafter, the paper highlights the importance of water in the national economy. From then on, the paper briefly discusses the present situation of water scarcity in the Middle East by noting down the present available resources of water in the Middle East. Lastly, the paper briefly…. [read more]


Existence of God the Philosophical Essay

… It may be argued that if an all-good God designed the world, he surely would not have allowed evil. The problem of evil is generally regarded as the most important argument against theism. (Mavrodes, 1995)

The argument from morality, like the cosmological argument, is really a family of arguments (Hick, 26-27). First, there is the argument from the existence of objective moral laws to a divine lawgiver. Second, there is the argument from the existence of objective moral laws to a transcendental Ground of Values. Third, there is the argument from the fact of human conscience to a divine "voice of conscience." Finally, there is the argument from the acceptance of moral obligation to the postulation of a transcendental Ground of Values. Religion and morality…. [read more]


Voss Water International Marketing Plan for the Turkish Term Paper

… Voss Water

Today, Turkey is emerging as an increasingly important nation that serves as a bridge between the Middle East and the European Union and points beyond. Turkey's full membership in the European Union appears to be a matter of when rather than if, and the Turkish population has enjoyed the economic benefits of a secular state seeking to become a full partner in the international community. Cities such as Ankara and Istanbul are becoming a cosmopolitan amalgam of the best that Europe, the Middle East and Asia have to offer, and the growing Turkish middle class is eager to spend their discretionary income on Western goods that communicate good taste and top-notch quality as evidence of their new affluence. In this environment, there are…. [read more]


Tom Shulich ("Coltishhum") a Comparative Chapter

… 40).

Thus, from the perspective of the bottom rung of Indian society, it is Lapierre's contention that the self/other dichotomy if not fully eradicated, at least becomes practically irrelevant. Lapierre's slum dwellers refuse to entertain invidious distinctions between self and other. The familiar as well as the stranger, the healthy and the diseased, the old and the young -- all are taken in and cared for in one big, harmonious community of the urban poor. In a society of unfortunates who all must struggle simply to survive against great odds, no one is rejected "marginal." The denizens of Calcutta's slums, Lapierre tells us, "had reconstructed the life of their villages in urban exile" (p. 41).

Stephan Kovalski, an expatriate Polish priest, is the main European…. [read more]


Sangster, Delillo, Nature and God Essay

… " (DeLillo 231) Here, it seems that nature itself has become a flat meaningless representation -- like the study of Hitler with no understanding of language and no meaningful ethical stance taken, the two-dimensional representation of nature on demand is just one of many things that seem to be offered in a parody-version of something more real. It is only later in the narrative, when Gladney begins to contemplate his own fear of death, that we get a more substantial reference to the concept of nature, within the context of Gladney's intellectual banter with his fellow academic Murray. Murray is presented as Jewish, and not particularly disturbed by Gladney's career in Hitler studies -- this is one of the many disquieting elements of the book.…. [read more]


Worldwide Population Increase Affect Planet Essay

… When we consider the effects offered by worldwide population increase and its interaction with the environment, man has never appreciated what he or she gets from the environment. The planet is beneficial to man in many ways. The increased population produces destructive gases to the atmosphere. This is very destructive to the environment. It is a nuisance.

Worldwide population increase is the biggest danger human life is gradually facing on the planet. The change in climate is gradually deploying its effects on the magnitude at which human life is being benefited. Although worldwide population increase is still a controversy and a consensus among many scientists, it is a fact that should be accepted, the earlier the better. Worldwide population increase is an overwhelming happening that…. [read more]


Art Analysis: ART21 After Reviewing Essay

… The title of this work states: this is no time for dreaming. For whatever feelings or opportunities dreaming provides us, this is no time for that now. This logic begs the question, if it is not time for dreaming, what is it time for then? Tossing papers about in an empty room might be the perfect time for dreaming because the reality of the situation is not fun.

Forever is a series of installations where the primary source material is bicycles. Weiwei used approximately 1,200 bicycles to construct his exhibit. Weiwei is an artist that often expresses messages that are aware of the 21st century Chinese reality, condition and culture. His work is very connected and heavily themed around the diversity of meaning of the…. [read more]


Hot Rod Car Enthusiasts Essay

… These regulations are generally geared at number of other related issues on the surface. For example, a noisy muffler may be regulated on the grounds of pollution standards and environmental concerns. Other restrictions may also be geared at certain safety concerns such as the having the proper safety restraint equipment in place or barring certain performance enhancements that are legal to use on the street, such as tires for example. Older customized vehicles may also not pass a state required inspection if some of the vehicles features are not modernized to meet standards introduced after the cars production.

Although many of these regulations and restrictions are arguably well intentioned, many others are not. Some are clearly driven by contempt for the emerging countercultures' that are…. [read more]


Sandia Mountains Environmental History Essay

… Railroads put an end to the traditional geographical isolation of the Pueblos by the 1880s. Electricity came to Sandia Pueblo in 1952, followed shortly by natural gas, indoor plumbing, and automobiles (New Mexico State Record Center and Archives 2012). Technology influenced the lives of the Pueblo people but did not weaken their bond to the region.

The Sandia people are intensely religious, holding a deep connection to the Sandia Mountains. Religion and life are inseparable in traditional Pueblo culture. The Pueblo ideal embraces a way of life that is in harmony with all of nature. Pueblo beliefs hold that there are sacred mountains in each direction, plus the sun above and earth below, and that these define and balance the Pueblo world. Many Pueblo religious…. [read more]


Environmental Policies Essay

… Environmental Policies

Give an example of an ecosystem and use this example to describe the concepts of "input-output," "source-sink relationship," and feedback.

An ecosystem refers to separate units consisting of groups of nonliving things, plants and animals interacting with each other and the external environment. A desert can be regarded as an ecosystem and so can the rainforests. In fact, the whole earth can also be regarded as an ecosystem. For the purpose of this discussion, we will take the freshwater ecosystem as an example. Here, water enters into the system via rains, groundwater flow or surface water flow (input) and evaporation results in a loss of water from the system (output). Nutrients like carbon, nitrogen and oxygen may enter the system via many sources…. [read more]


Human Population Thesis

… Human Population

World Overpopulation: The Rights of Humans vs. The Rights of Nature

Plan for Sustainability

Throughout history, different attitudes about the ideal interaction between humans and the earth have been standard. Traditionally, the biblical view that humans were dominant over the land drove many to believing the world was simply humankind's empty canvas. Throughout the middle ages, science began to move from an elementary to a more sophisticated state, and planetary and moon movements began to be documented accurately for the first time. Perhaps this first glimpse at the ability of humankind to explore nature using science shifted the thinking a bit, suggesting that nature could be observed by humankind, but not necessarily dominated. The industrial revolutions throughout Europe and the United States, however,…. [read more]


World Religions and Ecology Research Proposal

… Rachel Carson -- Under the Sea-Wind

Under the Sea-Wind is not Rachel Carson's best-known book; her most heralded book is Silent Spring. But Under the Sea-Wind, her first book, is very well written and contains a wealth of solid environmental information for the reader. Many years before Jacques Cousteau began his televised explorations into the depths of the oceans and seas, Rachel Carson was already doing her best through literature to awaken the public to the workings of Earth's fresh and salt waters -- and all the living creatures making home in those waters.

Under the Sea-Wind uses descriptive narrative and real science to explain migrations, seasonal patterns, and how the animals live and interact with their ecological homes. There is a great deal of…. [read more]


Anthropological Thought Essay

… Anthropology

Historical Foundations of Anthropology

How do the methods of 19th Century Evolutionists explain the development of marriage, family, political organization, and religion?

The development of the evolutionary theory of societal development arose from the precept that all cultures arose in a uniform manner. Early theorists believed that various cultures represented different stages along the path to development. Evolutionary anthropology arose from encounters with cultures that were different Theorists such as Tylor and Morgan developed opposing viewpoints on the development of society.

Tylor disagreed that groups, such as the Native American population, were a degenerated culture (Tylor, cited in Anthropological Theory, 1871:30). He felt that culture from simple to complex and that it progressed through three distinct stages. Tylor argued that civilization progressed from savagery…. [read more]


Paleolithic Culture Term Paper

… ¶ … Wilderness - Max Oelschlaeger

In The Idea of Wilderness, Oelschlaeger asks, (350), "Do we dare think that we are nature watching nature?," a question that makes the modern-day reader realize a paradox. Humans are now part of nature. Meanwhile, they stand apart from nature, observing nature and developing their culture apart from, but in relation to, nature. How can this paradox be resolved? Oelschlaeger provides an overview of interaction with nature from the earliest times of human existence until present times in order to determine the answer to this yet unresolved concern.

According to Oelschlaeger, the distancing from wilderness has occurred over the evolution of humankind, but has increased incrementally with the development of Western civilization. "Although the ideological, economic, political, technological, and…. [read more]


Avatar James Cameron, Director Term Paper

… But they do not waste, they do not kill indiscriminately, and they that the animals for their sacrifice.

Lacks of morality from earth forces, troops keep order and eventually, the military rule. Because the Na'vi seem more pacifist, they are roundly criticized and seen as a backward people.

Property

The Na'vi own very little, but share quite a lot. They want for nothing, but have no reason to hoard.

Earth wants unobtainium at any cost, and feels that their need outweighs the needs of anyone on Pandora. This is the arrogance of owning, and the ultimate cause of an out of balance paradigm.

Religion

Broad spectrum of spiritualism from the Na'vi, the costiveness of some humans and the ability for some humans to make decisions…. [read more]


Religious Philosophy Term Paper

… Religious Philosophy

Baraka": A film review and meditation on the role of the sacred in art -- the art of filmmaking

Humanity has long used art as a vehicle of sacred expression. Art often depicts images in the form of pictures and iconography that are deemed religious by a particular faith community. Architecture creates religious structures designed for worship. It demarcates sacred spaces, often away from the natural world, as well as in nature. Even the act of making art itself can be deemed sacred, as when singing in a choir -- or perhaps when making a film. But a pantheistic, rather than particularistic view of the world is revealed in the modern cinematic silent classic of "Baraka" (1992). Nature is religion, in "Baraka," and…. [read more]


Improve My Writing Skills in English Essay

… ¶ … improve my writing skills in English, and 2) understand more about how the world is connected and how our actions affect others. In terms of my writing, since English is not my first language, it was often difficult to use the right vocabulary and phrasing to make my points. I had to spend a great deal of time with the dictionary, rewriting, and reading my material aloud to others in order to make sure it made sense. I learned about organizing and outlining my writing, and also about how complex English can be in terms of word choice. For instance, even the concept of sustainability and ecology can have many phrases that mean something similar; and when trying to right about the concept…. [read more]


Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Research Paper

… The concept of feudalism, for instance, segmented the workers (serfs) from the managers (lords) and kept a fairly stable balance in rural areas during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. However, the industrial revolution of the 17th to 19th centuries changed the conception of sustainability by tapping into fossile fuels, increasing urbanization and segementation of labor, causing an unbalanced agricultural system in which food was not always available for the burgeoning city populations. Similarly, coal was used to power ever evoling engines and later to generate electricity. Society was protected from endemic disease through more technological advances in sanitation. The combination of conditions caused an unprecedented human population explosion and even greater urbanization. This also led to huge industrial, technological and scientific changes that continues to…. [read more]


Global Environment Continue to Deteriorate? Essay

… Other wildlife negatively affected by the spill include: a) "as many as 25,900 marine mammals may have been harmed" (bottlenose dolphins, spinner dolphins, melon-headed whales and sperm whales); b) an unknown number of fishes (the spill occurred during the peak spawning months for the bluefin tuna); c) an unknown number of invertebrates (lobsters, crabs, oysters, clams, starfish and sand-dwelling organisms); and d) terrestrial mammals (tarballs that washed up on the beaches threatened terrestrial mammals like beach mice, etc.).

As if oil spills and acidification aren't challenging enough to the world's oceans, the recent tsunami in Japan caused a nuclear meltdown, which in turn caused highly radioactive water to spill into the Pacific Ocean. The University of West Florida Marine Ecology Research Society reports that cesium-137,…. [read more]


Joseph Tainter, Sustainability Essay

… As Tainter notes, "a society or other institution can be destroyed by the cost of sustaining itself" (Tainter 99).

Tainter's most persuasive point is his insistence that sustainability itself must proceed from a sense of history: after all, many societies have collapsed before now, and we have at least the advantage of their examples to understand how societies can fail to meet problems. Indeed, the commitment to sustainability over resiliency may be one reason for such prior societal collapses, although Tainter is keen also to emphasize that complexity as the basic technique of problem-solving may, in many cases, have added to the collapse. This is where a sense of historical awareness becomes all-important: the same strategy that can sustain a society can also play a…. [read more]

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