Now, of course, there are a lot of differences between ecosystems and human communities. There is no culture in ecosystems, no consciousness, no justice, no equity. So we can’t learn anything about these human values from ecosystems.
Really? That means there’s no basis for environmental ethics and the whole modern “save the planet” guilt trip.
Capra is most famous for his anti-scientific bias in such works as The Tao of Physics. Like Vine Deloria, he wants to appropriate the cultural mystique of scientific legitimacy in order to sell neo-pantheistic mysticism to gullible, illiterate science-worshippers. One indicator of Capra’s objective is when you see him criticize the reductionism of traditional Western science.
Now, understanding relationships is not easy for us, because it is something that goes counter to the traditional scientific enterprise in Western culture. In science, so we have been taught, we measure and weigh things. But relationships cannot be measured and weighed; relationships need to be mapped.
Why does this matter to him? Because the only thing that matters is the All, the One, the System itself.
Over more than three billion years of evolution, ecosystems have organized themselves so as to maximize sustainability. This wisdom of nature is the essence of ecoliteracy.
Of course it organized itself, since it created itself and it sustains itself. Well, until humans came along. You see, the “wisdom of nature” is powerless against the naked ape, which cruelly ravages everything natural and renders nature desolate, helpless, and hopeless, unable to adapt or evolve. You naked ape! You are so bad! So very, very bad! Shame on you! Why do you hate the Earth Household so much?
When systems thinking is applied to the study of the multiple relationships that interlink the members of the Earth Household, a few basic principles can be recognized. They may be called principles of ecology, principles of sustainability, or principles of community; or you might even call them the basic facts of life. We need a curriculum that teaches our children these fundamental facts of life: . . . that life, from its beginning more than three billion years ago, did not take over the planet by combat but by cooperation, partnership, and networking. Teaching this ecological knowledge, which is also ancient wisdom, will be the most important role of education in the next century.
Oh my, it’s the Ancient Wisdom that life did not take over the planet by combat but by cooperation. How far the evolutionists have fallen from “nature red in tooth and claw”!
Capra goes on to talk about cultivating a garden to teach sustainability, cooking and eating plants, and using ecology to model a learning community. It is not coincidental that this learning community closely resembles an atheist parody of the Garden of Eden: no imposed order, no conflict between animals, no knowledge of good and evil, no sex, no guilt, no death, no meat-eating. I get the feeling that Capra has never been to a zoo, nor even watched an episode of Wild Kingdom. The wisdom he gets from nature is that competition for resources is not natural, that the perfect ecology is a commune made up of meat-abstaining asexual carnivores living in peace with asexual herbivores . . . all of which somehow evolved from self-organizing slime mold.
Capra and his kind are an embarrassment to science and rationality. Yet, they are currently on the ascendant, as the avant-garde of the self-anointed reality-based community of progressive environmentalists. I’m not sure which is stupider: an environmentalist who claims to believe in evolution or an evolutionist who thinks he needs to save the planet.