The human standing in nature : storied fitness in the moral overseer
Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
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Humans are the creatures that have evolved a conscience--stand-outs in the system in which they stand. This conscience can wisely direct the magnificent, fearful power of the brain and hand. An environmental ethic tries to maximize conscience in order to maximize fitness in the environment. Humans are worldviewers, with a sense of storied residence. Our role is to live out a spacetime ethic, a placetime ethic. In this ethic, knowledge is power, as also is love. There is a penultimate place for superior human standing, and the ultimate lesson is that the meek inherit the Earth. In this sense too, the fittest survive.