"AlphaT" wrote:"Much of it ponders the essense of man, and his place in creation. Pope, in the third Epistle (or chapter, if you will,) argues that man is no more entitled to anything than anything else."I feel like C. S. Lewis wrote this.
Truly, I'm flattered. :O
"AlphaT" wrote:But in all seriousness, I feel like I've heard something like this recently. It was about man's relationship to himself under methodological naturalism...which is quite like what you're talking about. In fact, I think it had something to do with Alexander Pope. Anyway, it's true that man is no more entitled to anything than anything else...if one of three conditions are not met: 1. Inherent entitlement2. Achieved entitlement3. Represenative entitlementI don't think there are any good arguments for the first two, but as representatives of the Creator on Earth, we have a right to a certain dominion. This, however, also comes with our own responsibility to the Earth.
I think you're right, I arrived at the same conclusion. Pope seems to be disregarding man's ordained role as manager of earth, as recorded in Genesis. Although, perhaps one could draw from his argument that we tend to abuse our privileged position. Taking more than we ought from the environment in a destructive manner, and offering little in return. We then justify our tyranny by proclaiming our representative entitlement to earth's resources, not knowing how good managers ought to perform.
It's an interesting read, whatever you take from it.
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