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Secularisation, mand and the ecological crisis

For centuries, man has been trying to understand himself and the universe in which he lives and by which he is sustained. While striving for food and shelter, dependent on the Nature surrounding him, the human race has constantly been engaged in a struggle for existence and has been forced to adjust to the inherent natural laws of Nature. But man, being rational and inquisitive, has been making attempts to understand this system of natural governance in order to control it. To put it more candidly, man has been trying to conquer Nature. It is this exploitative attitude towards the environment that is directly and indirectly creating ecological disasters. If man has the capacity to make changes in Nature, which he has amply demonstrated through scientific and technical progress, then he must accept liability for his varied acts and their harmful consequences to the environment. In this way, man has a responsibility towards Nature. Man has completely forgotten the factual truth that Nature is indispensable, he himself is in Nature, and that he cannot exist without Nature. Thus, one can argue that the way out lies not only in preventative measures but also corrective measures, focusing on developing a reverential outlook towards Nature. This paper is mainly concerned with modern Western thought, its secularization of man which subsequently has had detrimental impacts on the environment, and how only a divine reverential outlook towards Nature can stop the ecological crisis we face.

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