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Defiance Enthroned

Second Wild’s Reprisal Release. Jan 1st 2013

 

Ethics of Respect for Nature

This song is dedicated to Paul W. Taylor. The lyrical content from this song is a reading from Taylor’s essay “The Ethics of Respect for Nature”. In this essay Taylor presents the foundational strcture for a life-centered theory of environmental eithcs. The structure consists of three interrelated components. First is the adopting of a certain ultimate moral attitude toward nature, which He calls “respect for nature.” Second is a belief system that constitutes a way of conceiving of the natural world and of our place in it. This belief system underlies and supports the attitude in a way that makes it an appropriate attitude to take toward the Earth’s natural ecosystems and their life communities. Third is a system of moral rules and standards for guiding our treatment of those ecosystems and life communities, a set of normative principles which give concrete embodiment or expression to the attitude of respect for nature. The theory set forth and defended here is structurally symmetrical with a theory of human ethics based on the principle of respect for persons. His theory of biocentric egalitarianism was first published in his 1986 book Respect for Nature. 


Forever Wild

This song is dedicated to Aldo Leopold. The lyrical content form this song is a reading from Leopold’s essay “Thinking Like a Mountain”. To think like a mountain means to have a complete appreciation for the profound interconnectedness of the elements in the ecosystems. It is an ecological exercise using the intricate web of the natural environment rather than thinking as an isolated individual. The story relays Leopold’s experience of coming across a mother wolf and her pups and shooing them. He writes “We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes – something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.”

Thanks to Peg Millett for her voice, singing Forever Wild on the song.

The Broken Circle

This song is dedicaed to Holmes Rolston, III. The lyrical content from the song is a reading from Roltston’s essay “Environmental Ethics: Values in and Duties to the Natural World”. This essay was published in the book: “The Broken Circle: Ecology, Economics, Ethics” 1991. Rolston states that environmental ethics stretches classical ethics to a breaking point. All ethics seeks an appropriate respect for life. But we do not just need a humanist ethic applied to the environment, analogously to the ways we have needed one for business, law, medicine, technology, international development or nuclear disarmament. Respect for life demands an ethic concerned about human welfare, like the others and now concerning the environment. But environmental ehtics in a deeper sense stands on a frontier, as radically theoretical as it is applied. Alone, it asks whethere there can be nonhuman objects of duty.


A Few Too Many

This song is a reading of my own essay “A Few Too Many: A look at Human Overpopulation & Overconsumption”. The ultimate point of the essay is that the human race is vastly overpopulated and that a major depoplation will be nessesary if we are to live in a truly ecologically sustainable manner. The human population is increasign at an exponintial rate and at the current rate the doubling time of our population is about 50 years. We have allready converted 75% of all airable land to human use and are only expanding our sphere of destruction. Overpopulation and Overconsumption can not be talked about seperatly buy ultimatly population is the driving force and must be addressed. The conclusion is simple. If an individual cares about the earth or the animals… hell, even if that person cares about other people, they will not breed. Intentions to not have children are great but the finality and commitment implied by a vasectomy or tubal ligation make a true hero.

Thanks to Jenifer Christensen for Cello.


Industrial Society and it’s Future

This song is dedicated to Theodore Kaczynski. The lyrical content is a reading from Kaczynsi’s essay “Industrial Society and Its Future”. Also infamously known as the Unibomber Manifesto. Industrial Society and Its Future begins with Kaczynski’s assertion that “the Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race.” The first sections of the text are devoted to discussion of the psychology of various groups—primarily leftists (a group he defines, in part as “hateing science and rationality”)—and of the psychological consequences for individual life within the “industrial-technological system”, which has robbed contemporary humans of their autonomy, diminished their rapport with nature, and forced them “to behave in ways that are increasingly remote from the natural pattern of human behavior.” The later sections speculate about the future evolution of this system, arguing that it will inevitably lead to the end of human freedom, call for a “revolution against technology”, and attempt to indicate how that might be accomplished.


A Manifesto for Earth

This song is dedicated to Ted Mosquin and J. Stan Rowe. The lyrical content is a reading from their essay “A Manifesto for Earth”. Many artistic and philosophical movements have produced Manifestos, proclaiming truths that to their authors were as manifest as their five-fingered hands. This Manifesto also states self-evident truths, as obvious to us as the marvellous five-part environment – land, air, water, fire/sunlight, and organisms – wherein we live, move, and have our being. The Manifesto is Earth-centered. It shifts the value-focus from humanity to the enveloping Ecosphere – that web of organic/inorganic/symbiotic structures and processes that constitute Planet Earth. Humanity’s 10,000-year-old experiment in mode-of-living at the expense of Nature, culminating in economic globalization, is failing. A primary reason is that we have placed the importance of our species above all else. We have wrongly considered Earth, its ecosystems, and their myriad organic/inorganic parts as mere provisioners, valued only when they serve our needs and wants. A courageous change in attitudes and activities is urgent. Diagnoses and prescriptions for healing the human-Earth relationship are legion, and here we emphasize the visionary one that seems essential to the success of all others. A new worldview anchored in the planetary Ecosphere points the way.

Thanks to Jenifer Christensen for Cello.


 

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