This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Human ecology

The parallel between our attitude toward nature and that which we display toward ourselves as persons has been spoken of by the popes as the human ecology:

“The deterioration of nature is… closely connected to the culture that shapes human coexistence: when ‘human ecology’ is respected within society, environmental ecology also benefits.”[1]

In employing this phrase, they mean to illustrate that the processes and thriving of humanity are fostered by respect for the processes and thriving of nature. If you care little for the one, you will unintentionally despise the other:

“If there is a lack of respect for the right to life and to a natural death, if human conception, gestation and birth are made artificial, if human embryos are sacrificed to research, the conscience of society ends up losing the concept of human ecology and, along with it, that of environmental ecology. It is contradictory to insist that future generations respect the natural environment when our educational systems and laws do not help them to respect themselves. The book of nature is one and indivisible: it takes in not only the environment but also life, sexuality, marriage, the family, social relations: in a word, integral human development.”[2]

To teach children moral norms such as natural family planning, and then show utter disregard for the overarching world which inform these norms, is to undermine the teachings themselves by dividing a conclusion from its logical demonstration. How could the dictates of natural law be taken seriously when those who preach them take no care for nature itself?

[1] Benedict XVI, General Audience, August 26, 2009.

[2] CA, 37.

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