At what point (precisely) did humans begin destroying their surroundings? One could take any number of measures of human catalytics to formulate a sustainability quotient, such as the year in which assembly-line slaughter of animals began to shape public perception of animals as mere units of production. But the number of such correlations that form the basis for grasping the entirety of human ecological paradox is far beyond calculation, a fourth wall of dramatic inexplicability. From Ecclesiastes to Aristotle to contemporary philosophical concepts of metaphysics and idealism, we examine the myriad inputs that would be necessary to formulate a realistic approach to understanding the full ecological extent of the human presence.
- William Gilpin