And about 'empathy', again. I am not religious and never was, so I can only theorize. I realize, that religion and belief can be very powerful. When Europeans started to 'follow this order' subdue the earth, and they thought this is a right (even some sort of obligation?), why should such people even question what they are doing?
I found an article, saying, that this attitude of 'othering' nature and life started somewhat in the medieval age. So a quite long time for passing on the tradition of feeling superior.
In another thread you talked about memes, 'traditions', and religion is also a very strong tradition. The Pope with his "silently longing for Christianity"-attitude, this, what he said so blatant is something I believe many whites still think, religious or not. People and nature waiting for the 'white savior', European behavior as if earth and all living and non-living on it belongs to us.
And perhaps, with thinking about this 'religious order' I can somewhat understand the notion of civilization. Also something we Western nations believe to be, a civil civilization. We believe, that we are always better than all the 'others'. The center of the world. We started polluting earth with the industrial revolution, but are quick today to point our fingers on all other nations who are starting with industrialization. We, again, the (paternalistic) educators, while continuing with all our own wrongs.
In many whites this seems to be a automatic reflex, a trained and never questioned behavior: Immediatey shifting away from the own issues and blaming others = feeling better, because then we can be the educators.
quote:I guess I am having a hard time with the assertion of "most". I certainly believe that this may become the case with the spread of global capitalism and the commodification of basically everything, including other human beings, but I would assert that such a disconnect probably does not yet exist for indigenous peoples around the world, or perhaps a more accurate/appropriate way of saying it might be those cultures that are basically still pre-modern.
You are not the only one with having a hard time with the assertion of 'most'. It is the thinking, that Europeans/whiteness is the center of the world, as well as our way of living. To tell for example the about 198 million people, who suffer from chronic hunger=are starving, that they are disconnected from nature, is tough, I would say.
It is this notion 'we are one world, we all have to work together' without realizing, that it is still white supremacy what is in power and causes the most problems, directly or indirectly, globally. That it is our own culture, we whites/Europeans have to change.