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Monday, August 29, 2005

Human "Exhibit" at London Zoo

This is exactly what's wrong with much of the environmental movement. Look at this article from Yahoo News.

Apparently, the London Zoo thinks it is a cute idea to put a handful of human volunteers, clad in little more than fig leaves, into one of their caged exhibits. Now what would be the point of that, you ask? To highlight man's place in the planet's eco-system, they say.

And what is man's place in the planet's eco-system, you ask? Well, apparently man is a "plague species." Since the article doesn't bother to explain that comment, we are left to conjecture. I have heard the idea expressed elsewhere that the human race is like a destructive virus that is consuming and destroying organism earth. There are some within the environmental movement who see the human race as - well - as bad. It's because of the growth in our population, the case is made, that our planet is enduring whatsoever ecological troubles it may be enduring. [What solution then do you think comes to mind?]

The Christian religion teaches that man (male and female) is unique in all of creation, for only man is created in the image and likeness of God. And God has given humanity dominion over the earth. We are divinely appointed the stewards of creation. And as good and faithful stewards, we should neither waste nor destroy the resources God has entrusted to our care. But to equate man with a plague or virus that is weakening and killing the planet is off kilter.

It seems to me to be a similar line of thinking as Princeton philosopher and PETA guru, Pete Singer, who says human parents should be permitted kill their infants up to 30 days past birth, but it's wrong to slay a mink or a sow. "Meat is murder," y'know.

Viewing man (male and female) as just another species of animal life with no more intrinsic value than a dog or a horse, is part of a way of thinking that underlies and advances our culture of death. The Christian assumption is that man is the pinnacle of creation, that all other creatures are for our use. All human life is sacred, not only because of our unique creation but because the eternal Son of God has become a man.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is this not the outcome of Nietzches's philosophy? It seems that nihilism is reigning supreme
in the UK, doesn't it? And I'm sure it's slowing creeping into America.

The Cubicle Reverend said...

Of course if you want you can go to a library and check out human beings to learn more about them. I read about that at the Religion News Blog. It is amazing how wacky people can be!

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