Original Sin and the Environmental Crisis

Before you wonder, this is not going to be a religious article – I’m using the term Original Sin to describe a phenomenon I believe is keeping us from fully integrating ourselves into the living world. Since there is a parallel to the idea of Original Sin and what I will be describing here, I found it made sense to use the term, especially since we can’t deny that Christian philosophy has influenced and shaped the western world to a large degree.

I’ve written about this phenomenon before here, but when I did I realized it warranted an entire post on its own to expound: Ingrained in our language and our thought patterns we have a notion of something like “Original Sin”, which hinders us at finding harmonious ways to be with the non-human, rest of the world. Human nature that is, is initially bad.
Even if we are not Christian or not religious it exists as a kind of subtle and hidden story we tell ourselves. This is true not only for English speakers but is probably present in most latin-based languages and germanic based languages – I only know a few of each, so I’m not sure. Whether it exists in other languages or not, perhaps some Russian, Japanese and Chinese speakers for example could tell us.

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