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Paul Shapiro October 9 , 2007 Paper #3 , Final Humans Are In The Need Of Paying Attention Human beings have the tendency to discern themselves as different from the rest of the natural world . During his exploration of eastern culture , David Abram became aware of the natural environment in ways he had not experienced before . David Abram touches on this concept in his writing , “The Ecology of Magic” . When Abram returned to the United States he became alert to the obliviousness of nature in western society . Michael Pollan in his work , “Playing God in the Garden” , discusses the adverse effects of genetically altered crops on the future of farming and more importantly on the ecosystem . Martha Stout’s work “When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning , It Was Friday” , acts as an example of how a lack of awareness can be harmful to an individual oppose to a society as a whole . It serves to model this concept on a smaller scale . The act of being unaware has negative implications on a person/society as well as negative implications on the surrounding world . Thus , the western world needs to become more aware; they need to learn to be unselfish and stop placing themselves above the remainder of the planet . Western society works to benefit itself , and pays little regard to the other animals of the world . Our technologies and behaviors at times benefit us but have detrimental 1
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effects on the other inhabitants of the world . Abram explains , A real inability to clearly see , or focus upon , anything outside the realm of human technology , or to hear as meaningful anything other than human speech . The sad results of our interactions with the rest of nature were being reported in every newspaper—from the depletion of topsoil due to industrial farming techniques to the fouling of groundwater by industrial wastes , from the rapid destruction of ancient forests to , worst of all , the ever accelerating extinction of our fellow species .
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