Professor Duncan Brown, Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research and Department of English, University of the Western Cape
If the Earth is indeed 4.5 billion years old, as scientists currently tell us, recognisable human life has only been around since the last Ice Age, and as a species we have single-handedly destroyed our planet’s ecosystems in the short space of a few hundred years, then we urgently need to reconsider and redefine our identities and behaviours. Can ‘thinking wild’ help? Can it provide different ways of seeing, engaging, being human? Can we think of ‘wildness’ as something that may exist in gradations, or as quality rather than absolute value, and as something that has important ethical as well as biological dimensions? Can it lead us to a ‘world view locating humans in a satisfactory residence on this historic and storied Earth’, as Holmes Rolston suggests?
Brown, D. 2019. Wilder Lives: Humans and our Environments. Pietermaritzburg: University of Kwazulu-Natal Press.