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The Question (ID Number 135)...

    My understanding is that anything we humans do that disturbs the balance of Nature must be discarded from our way of life. We do not have to give up agriculture just the type that promotes the killing of other creatures, that pollutes the environment, and that produces more than we need. We do not have to give up technology completely just technology that is not in accord with Nature's Constructive Principle.

    ...and the response:

    The "balance of nature" (using quote marks to
    indicate that this is your concept, not mine) is
    FOREVER being disturbed. It became disturbed
    when mammals appeared. It became disturbed
    when primates appeared. It became disturbed
    when humans appeared. Disturbance of the
    "balance of nature" is the driving force of
    evolution. It is what makes evolution occur. We
    wouldn't be here (indeed life itself wouldn't be
    here) if the "balance of nature" had remained
    undisturbed. SO---adopting the nondisturbance of
    the "balance of nature" as a policy makes no
    sense to me. Or to put it another way, anyone
    who thinks I'm saying that we must not disturb
    the "balance of nature" is simply mistaken.

    Your understanding of what I'm saying about agriculture is, I think, a bit
    closer to the mark. (Though I'm not sure what you mean by agriculture that
    "promotes the killing of other creatures." If you mean "promotes the
    extinction of other creatures," then I'd agree. But if you mean "uses other
    creatures as food," then I wouldn't agree. There is nothing BUT other
    creatures to use as food; the entire biological community is an economy of

    I've nowhere said that we have to give up technology that is "not in accord
    with Nature's Constructive Principle." I have no idea what Nature's
    Constructive Principle might be. The fact is, I try to discourage people from
    thinking in ANY terms of "giving up" things. Nothing less than a new vision
    is going to save us, and vision is NEVER about "giving up" things.

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