I’m not looking backwards and saying we should revert to the past - but I absolutely think we should learn to work with the biosphere of this planet. I’m not idolising cultures of the past a la Rousseau - all cultures are fallen - but neither do I accept that in our exploitation of nature we are no different. We exploit towards tipping points of extinction and destruction of this incredible web of life - at a planetary level. The science is clear around what we’re doing to climate and ecosystems.
I rebel against the kind of exploitative excesses of capitalism (I’ll name Rio Tinto this month as my winner of arrogant disregard and imbalance that occurs when profit drives the machine over any other consideration) or equally the toxic Soviet mess in places like Azerbaijan. Liberation theology didn’t accept that exploitation of the poor was ‘natural’, or those with power shouldn’t be challenged. That kind of contending is never final, but throughout history it has made a difference. But social evolution unwinds whenever you leave the powerful to themselves for a little while.
Nor does being moral or to cry out for justice or common sense necessarily make anyone self-righteous. It certainly can. But underneath, sometimes I think that’s the image of God in anyone - however distorted.