Supplementary blog- Web of Life
As Capra first starts out in this article, he mentions how everything in life is connected, and that every action made affects at least one other thing. This got me to thinking about all the harmful things that humans do the environment each day. Think about the amount of fossil fuels we burn each. Think about products we buy and where they came from and how they were made. I think it so important that we analyze ourselves and what kind of effect we as individuals and as a whole have on the environment. The effects of a single person add up quickly when it becomes a group of individuals each contributing to a harmful cause. The web of life idea also made me recall a short story i once read in high school about a man traveling back in the prehistoric past. People were warned not to touch anything when traveling back in time in this story. The man accidentaly stepped on a butterfly, an almost harmless creature, and when he returned to the present it had changed significantly. This got me to thinking about how even the smallest damages often lead to large alterations eventually.
This also ties into Capra's section about ethics, especially with that of modern day science. He mentions that instead of introducing life-furthering or life-preserving science, scientists are creating life-destroying sciences. He points out that things such as weapons of mass destruction, unknown chemicals, and even the torturing of animals for scientific studies are just a few of the examples of such a harmful science that is being used today. I think this is so true in that it seems as if scientists don't even take human life into consideration when they do research and introduce new technologies. They introduce products with chemicals that hardly understood. I truely believe that in the near future one or several products introduced are going to severely threaten human life as we know it if we keep continuing with science at the rate it's going.
The last subject i want to comment on is how Capra brings up the issue of past science and its affects it has caused on the modern day society. One specific topic i found inciteful was that of Galileo and how he basically took away the sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell of society. And along with was esthetic and ethical sensibility, values, quality, soul, consciousness, and spirit. I think that science is the antithesis of belief in faith. It takes away the aspect to believe in something that can't be explained. Through scientific research, all aspects of faith are taken away. The theory of evolution is one the concrete examples of this. Humans continually try to search for scientific facts to almost disprove religion and faith. I think when science has tried to unravel religious questions, the only thing it has done is torn people from their beliefs and what they have come to know. I think it is so vital that we reconsider our scientific methods and ways in order to sustain a healthy future.