Ethics, Ecology and Subjective Experience

Australian Earth Laws Alliance
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Journal Article
Earth Ethics Australia, 2019, 1 (1), pp. 46 - 49
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Ethics involves awareness and empathy, or sympathy, with others. The more aware we are, the more ethical and responsive we can be. Human ethical responses are also heavily affected by what people habitually think, feel and do to survive in society, and this includes responses to “nature” or “ecological processes”. However, human awareness of complex living systems is inevitably limited, creating unconsciousness which intensifies the likelihood of harm or unexpected consequences. By becoming more aware of unconscious processes and their causes, we can increase our ethical sensitivity, and by recognising that we live in complex systems we can begin forming an ethics that accepts unpredictability, apparent disorder and flux.
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