Monotheistic Norms and Environmental Neglect

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Religion has plagued the free will of humanity since its inception into civilization. The accepted norms and practices of societies throughout history are influenced and catalyzed by the professed doctrine of the controlling elite. This prescribed mentality, passed down from parent to child, creates a sense of superiority within the monotheistic world. At the same time polytheistic religious doctrine creates the same sense of delusion, however it does so quite contrastingly. Polytheistic religion creates an ideology of coexistence, given the fact that everything has a soul. Hence, the outlook and respect for all life is an extremely different approach than we see in monotheism. From this, one can observe that many of today’s complex and urgent environmental issues stem from the cultural norms created from monotheistic religion. It is essential to first address where the notion of human domination comes from. Looking to the Bible – specifically in Genesis – God says, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground” (CITE). This is the precursor establishing the ideology which sets humans above all living life on Earth. It also the transcending motif that accounts for much of the environmental pollution we have incurred as a race. We use the Earth as means of accomplishing our objectives with little regard for the consequence of those actions. The ideology of polytheism – notably that of the Sumerian’s Animism and India’s Hinduism - is a complete contrast to the concept’s laid forth in Christianity and Islam. Christianity explicitly declares the role of humans in respect to the earth as that of an ownership role. Contrastingly, the ideology and lifestyle portrayed by the polytheistic religions emphasizes

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