Symbiosis Through Autonomy in the Community of Nature
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In the modern Western view, nature is often seen as something outside the world of humans. This nature/non-nature dichotomy, however, is a delusion, as it overlooks the interdependency that is established through symbiotic relations in the community of nature. The autonomously striving of each being to fulfil its potential creates these symbiotic relations. The interference of humans with the autonomy of other beings and natural processes disrupts these relations, which could be the cause of today's severe environmental degradation. If the interference of humans in the autonomy of natural processes is seen on a continuum, this could lead to a perspective that leaves room for humans to interfere in these processes to a limited extend, to fulfil their own potential. When the interference in autonomy transcends the symbiotic relations, this could lead to the decline of the community and its interdependent relations. To live in accordance with these symbiotic relations would benefit humans and would maintain a mutually beneficial relation with other entities in nature.