- Vera Nova
- Las Vegas, NV
- United States
Director Research Analysis, NOVA Town Futuristic Development
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What shall we learn about ethics from the wilderness?
Inspite our common confidence that only humans have ideas about peaceful and mutual co-existence we keep finding endless examples of how animals and plants create their sophisticated systems intelligently communicating and supporting one another not only among their own, but with different from their own life forms.
Siblings who come from the same parent-plant have a unique chemical makeup that let the family recognize each other. The behavioral change is dramatic when the plants were around non-relatives, they were in fiercer competition to extend their roots and gobble up as much water and nutrients as they could, leaving out the other plants.
Trees and plants, for instance, when they grow next to their siblings, they politely yeld some space between their root systems, while when grow next to some different kinds they vigorously compete under the ground for water and nutrients.
The behavior is not exclusive to mutual relationship among trees, plants, mashrooms, insects, birds and animals, and reveal, to recent researchers, very vigorous complicated nature's systems.
Unlike many people who understand Darwin's theory primitively, as the vicious theory of survival in wilderness, we may find great, actually endless examples and lessons to learn how to co-exist without abusing, poisoning and destroying nature that nourishes us.
Charles Darwin defends a naturalist approach to morality.
In The Descent of Man, he argues that moral behaviour has outgrown from animal tendency for empathy through evolution of morality. By comparing human and animal behavior through a naturalist approach, he concludes that moral sense is based on the species' sociability, notably altruism.