Why Should the Species Be Preserved?
Why must our conquest of nature stop short, in stupid reverence, before this final and toughest bit of ‘nature’ which has hitherto been called the conscience of man?
The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis
It is time to extend Lewis’s vision….
Lewis is writing of the Tao: also known as Natural Law, Traditional Morality, or First Principles of Practical Reason. After all else of nature has been conquered, why not also this? After all, there have always been those, through each advancement in the conquering of nature, who have warned that the next step would be the disastrous step. Yet, here we are. So why concern ourselves with messing with the Tao?
Let us decide for ourselves what man is to be and make him into that: not on any ground of imagined value, but because we want him to be such.
But what is meant by “man’s conquest of nature”? In reality, it is the power of some men over other men, with nature as the instrument (or weapon). Lewis is not after the issue of man using this power in potentially corrupt ways. He is after something more fundamental: what is meant when we say man has conquered nature? It is using nature to exercise power by some men (the Conditioners) over other men (the Subjects).
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