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The self-important species

Neil Smith

Like Ben, I’m probably a pantheistic monist. Nature and god are pretty much synonymous. That’s probably why I am also what some like to call an extreme green, or a deep ecologist. (Not everyone who is against Gunns’ pulp mill is an extreme green, but some of us are). Given the synonymity of god and nature, it may well be that the god word is superfluous. But since it differs from “good” by only one letter – and has an undoubted etymological connection – it provides the springboard for the idea that there is something inherently “good” about nature. It’s actually worth letting nature get on with the job at something like its “natural” pace, without a completely over-the-top and incredibly short-sighted contribution from one self-important species.

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