Üldiselt keskkonnaküsimustes lokkava apaatsuse ja arrogantsi kontekstis on keskkonnaküsimused siinses voos teenimatult vähe tähelepanu saanud. Põhjus on lihtne: tegu ei ole minu keskse uurimishuviga, seetõttu olen põhivoolust eemal. Nüüd siiski üks tekst, mille võiks vähemalt osaliselt seinale riputada. Vähemalt moraalikompass on ainuüksi heuristikuna väärtus omaette. Erakordselt sümpaatne on autorite positsioon lugupidavast suhtumisest keskkonna vastu ning et nad ei paku lahendust, vaid mõtteviisi, mis – paradoksaalselt – võib osutuda lahenduseks (tegelikult vist küll leevenduseks).


Industrialised nations and business organisations have been the main drivers of economic growth and prosperity over the past three centuries, however, they have also been collectively hubristic in their overconfident and reckless use of fossil fuel-based technologies. This manifestation of modernity has placed Homo sapiens as the de facto controller of the Earth’s climate (Hulme, 2014). But with power comes responsibility, and the unethical use of power invites negative consequences (Midgley, 2003).

Autorid seavad fookuse:

we focus on the relationship between virtue ethics and the natural environment and argue that humanity’s hubris, individually and collectively, has contributed significantly to the climate emergency and that an environmental ethic of humility could play a role in ameliorating the situation.

Mis on hubris?

In the behavioural sciences, hubris is defined as a grandiose sense of self, characterised by over-confidence, arrogance, contempt towards the advice and criticism of others

Lugupidav suhtumine keskkonna vastu:

Humility towards the natural environment informed by climate change awareness: first, entails an appreciation of nature’s grandeur as well as its vulnerability and fragility, and of humanity’s culpability in the climate emergency and its proper place in the natural order; second, is an important environmental virtue which could inform debate and catalyse humility as an “adaptation practice” (Brugger & Crimmins, 2013; D. R. Nelson et al., 2020) in the face of the current climate emergency.

Lugemishuvi suurendavad vihjed kokkuvõttest:

Whilst one’s moral conscience holds individuals to account; the market can hold business leaders to account for their hubristic transgressions, and voters can hold politicians to account. […] This article has identified negative unintended consequences that a society’s trust in its technology and its neglect of nature are having upon the stability of the whole-Earth system. The argument put forward is that hubris helped get us into this problem and humility can help get us out of it, […]

Sadler-Smith, E., & Akstinaite, V. (2021). Human Hubris, Anthropogenic Climate Change, and an Environmental Ethic of Humility. Organization & Environment. https://doi.org/10.1177/10860266211039000