Dating the metta sutta langru
rst chapter of the Bible: “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.” () A few chapters later our dominion is reiterated: “And fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air . These verses are often cited as one root of the ecological crisis, because the consequences of that superiority— technological, at least—have become devastating. into your hands they are delivered.” (9:2) We may wonder what it means to be made in God’s image (more on that later), but our superiority to all other creatures is thereby divinely sanctioned, with the apparent implication that they exist for us to use.Our supersized neocortex and opposable thumbs enable us to be co-creators.If “God” is another, more familiar term for the intrinsic creativity of our ever-transforming cosmos, is this what it means to be “made in the image of God”?
And from this perspective nothing is lost if civilization collapses or even if humanity becomes extinct.This alternative perspective needs to be clarified.In what ways are we special, and in what ways are we not?In accord with this, not all scientists are as uncomfortable as Gould in viewing evolution as progressive. It makes little sense to judge it irrelevant.” Here I think we can bene t from Buddhist teachings about the “two truths,” which distinguish the highest (absolute) truth from conventional (relative) truth.From the ultimate perspective there is no such thing as progress, because no matter how simple or complex phenomena (forms, things, etc.) may be, they remain “empty” () of any self-existence.