Reflections on the ecological problem

  1. Lemma
  2. Σκέψεις μέ ἀφορμή τὸ οἰκολογικό πρόβλημα
  3. Greek, Modern (1453-)
  4. Delli, Eudoxie
  5. Orthodox Anthropology - Modes of interaction - Ecology and the environment - Orthodox theological tradition and practice > Key thinkers
  6. 24-1-2017
  7. Ζάχος, Κωνσταντίνος [Author]. Reflections on the ecological problem
  8. Σύναξη [Synaxi]
  9. St Gregory of Nyssa - limits of science - Maximus the Confessor
    1. <p>Ζάχος, Κ. (2000). Σκέψεις μέ ἀφορμή τὸ οἰκολογικό πρόβλημα. <em>Σύναξη</em>, <em>74</em>, 42-46.</p>
    1. Constantinos Zachos relates the modern man’s approach on the natural world to the ecological crisis. He sheds light to the worldview and mentalities that undergo his desires and actions in world included Nature. In this perspective, the ecological crisis seems to be a segment of a wider crisis of modernity grounded in a rather fragmentized approach of life. The quest for unity is out of the scope of sciences that prove to be precious for the logical investigation of the reality, but insufficient to achieve an all-embracing synthesis of world and human life.

      As the author suggests, the quest for unification could be fulfilled by the reconnection of the Whole to its primary cause. This reconnection modifies the approach of nature considered as God’s manifestation, including the “reasons of beings” as well as their interconnectivity.

      On the contrary, the disconnection of Creation from its primary source leads unconsciously to the “non-being”. The approaches to nature are changing and depend on the placement of its formative principle within or outside it. Inspired by the patristic theology, the author concludes that the ecological crisis is an outcome of the inclination to the “non-being”, linked to the meaningless extraversion of modern man.