|Beauty and Balance|
Taking a step back, let's be clear just who the primary assessors of value on the planet are at the moment: humans. Or more accurately Homo Sapiens is the species who are most actively changing the world based on their ongoing evaluations. Through a combination of science, instinct, religion, pop-culture, and numerous other modes of assessment, humans and their communities reactively make value choices which change the world.
One might argue that the aggregate of Earth's natural environments, living things and dynamic systems are being continuously self-assessed and self-regulated. This Gaia abstraction, which includes human civilization as a component part, could do no wrong as a whole simply because all outcomes are by definition "natural." This scenario comes across as misleading or at least unuseful in the scheme of increasing aggregate well being. In the extreme, it implies total domination and destruction of the planet by humans for humanity's sake alone would be an acceptable natural outcome. It might be natural, but it would be unethical as a whole.
|Balance and Beauty|
At the end of the day, a flexible set of values that are open to innovation and adjustment will serve the planet, inclusive of humans, best. The ethical propositions we humans forge and follow can lead the whole world on a global journey of wonder if we persevere with humility. The sacred value we attribute to human life and free agency may need to be scaled back here and there, alas such sacrifice may very well demonstrate the nobility of our species to take one for the global team.
(Next week Goodness First will begin to explore the specific objectives of The Millennium Plan)