Humans have no special status; we are just one member of a Community of All Beings. Humanity is part of a biological community and should not have any privileged status. This is called an ecocentric, as opposed to an anthropocentric (or human-centered), perspective. Remember, human-centeredness can cover a vast range of behaviours, from complete destruction to taking a seventh-generation perspective. The everyday language we use takes for granted the worldview of a human-centered universe, where humans are at the pinnacle of some evolutionary process. Deep ecology challenges this. I truly believe that I am not "better" than any other life form. I value other life forms equally. I do not believe in any hierarchy of organisms.


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