When man overestimates his abilities and strength (physical, but mainly political, military and economic), he behaves violently, inattentively, arrogantly and abusively against the natural and moral rules. This behavior is considered as “hubris” and, in the end, man’s arrogance is punished: hubris pride is followed by “nemesis”.
In a perfect example of hubris, we, the modern humans (Homo Sapiens) behave in destructive ways against nature, the environment, and “resources,” considering they are ours for taking, to do with them as we please.
Man fully evolved in the last 100.000 years and in the last 150 years we have managed to cull large proportions of most species. This is an Anthropocentric view of the world, one which does not take into consideration evolution, and humans have become the most destructive species on the planet.
Too much power over nature is disrespectful and may court disaster, bringing to human species nemesis, which, in this case, is the extinction of both: nature and humans.
“Man is something that shall be overcome. Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superman- a rope over an abyss. What is great in man is that he is a bridge (over-going) and not an end (down-going).”
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
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