April 26, 2009

Ken Wilber’s Critique of Deep Ecology and Eco-Spirituality

Ken Wilber’s Critique of Deep Ecology and Eco-Spirituality

By David Johnson

Few can deny the increasing environmental problems facing the planet and the communities that live on it. Over the last three decades philosophies such as Deep Ecology have arisen looking to present the environmental crises within a spiritual framework. There has also been an increased interest in Earth-based faith traditions.

Philosopher Ken Wilber has been a loud voice in criticism of these approaches. This paper will examine what he has to say about philosophies which are apparently helping people at this time, and some believe are playing a part in solving the problems facing us.

Over the years of my interest in the deep ecology movement and eco-spirituality, I had come across one or two articles making reference to Ken Wilber’s critique of eco-spirituality. Not knowing who he was and comfortable with my engagement with deep ecology/eco-spirituality, I chose not read these articles. However, now more aware of Wilber’s standing within the philosophy world, I feel that his thoughts need to be heard by those drawn to eco-spirituality, and concerned about the environmental problems effecting the planet.

It is with this in mind that I have chosen to research Wilber’s critique for this paper. First I would like to present a background to deep ecology, especially looking at its spiritual implications, before moving onto looking at Wilber’s critique.

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DAVID JOHNSON hold a Masters Degree in Transpersonal Psychology with a concentration in Ecopsychology from Naropa University. He is a practicing Buddhist and lives in Portland, Oregon.


Anonymous said...

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Industrial Society is destroying necessary things [Animals, Trees, Air, Water and Land] for making unnecessary things [consumer goods].

"Growth Rate" - "Economy Rate" - "GDP"

These are figures of "Ecocide".
These are figures of "crimes against Nature".
These are figures of "destruction of Ecosystems".
These are figures of "Insanity, Abnormality and Criminality".

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature [Animals, Trees, Air, Water and Land].

Destroy the system that has killed all ecosystems.

Destroy the society that plunders, exploits and kills earth 365 days of the year and then celebrates Earth Day.

Chief Seattle of the Indian Tribe had warned the destroyers of ecosystems way back in 1854 :

Only after the last tree has been cut down,
Only after the last river has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you realize that you cannot eat money.

To read the complete article please follow any of these links.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Delhi, India

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