Benign stewardship or aggressive tyranny?
In the very first book of The Bible, from the time God gave man, or in our politically correct age humankind, the Earth, we have abused the trust and intent of our creator. We were gien dominion over the Earth but it was never intended to be the domination we currently exercise over the planet.We were to be stewards, caring for the planet, not treating it as our collective personal, and individual, disposable resource.
Although there were and still are pockets where humankind lives in harmony with nature, in most places and especially where we think ourselves ‘civilised’ a different mentality predominates. We stopped thinking of ourselves as stewards caring for the food-chain, instead we arrogantly assumed ourselves to be at the top of the food chain where everything belongs to us.
This thinking now prevails in more aspects than just food, taking in all the resources the world has available. Anything from which man might be able to turn a profit has become fair game to be exploited for gain. We humankind are no longer willing to settle for what we need. Now it is all about what we want, we became greedy and because we want it someone always makes a profit from it.
There was a time in our history, before the recorded history in the era about which we can do little more than make educated guesses, when our home world was incapable of sustaining human life. Until sufficient plant life became established to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into breathable oxygen, human life was impossible.