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upon situating sustainability differently

For better outcomes from situating sustainability within our modes or patterns of thought, and so within our competing worldviews.

For better outcomes from situating sustainability within an appreciation of monotheistic patriarchal culture’s need for hierarchical rather than relational power, especially over property of all kinds.

For better outcomes from situating sustainability within an awareness of our western patriarchal theological separation of soul from body.

For better outcomes from situating sustainability within a realisation of western capitalism’s ideologically justified neo-liberal and selfish corporate rejection of altruism and moral conscience, and so of responsibility for environmental externalities.

Thus our need to invoke a greater long-term pragmatic to support other philosophies outside of the Western cultural tradition which value a greater courtesy towards nature. Thus our Aotearoa New Zealand need to move towards a societal supporting ethic to justify  a shared responsibility for the restoration of Mauri.

Sustainability…and…“our selfish rejection of moral conscience and sense of wonder”

At a more unconsciously entrenched and deeper layer, we argue that Western culture, and especially the emerging neo-liberal 1%,  has created an impersonal moral order  which separates mind from body and man from nature, which justifies selfish property rights and plunder without moral conscience or even democratic reconciliation, which technologically exploits without sufficent regard for the enhancement of life-supporting capacity resilience, and which denigrates the wondrousness of  things, and that the dilemma of our times is the dilemma of what to do about it.

Sustainability…and…“responsibilities” and “stewardship” and “commons rights”

More specifically it is to aim for a reconsidered real property rights and financial corporate responsibility regime which assumes recognition for the ideas of long-term thrivability and natural capital resilience, and the monitoring of natural capital debt, and shared responsibility for environmental externalities, and which recognises the need for stewardship whilst making competing worldviews and conservation conflicts explicit,  and which incorporates appropriate “commons” rights within  property’s “bundle of rights”.

Such “commons” rights would be founded upon covenantal custodial responsibilities which embrace the enhancement of life-supporting capacity resilience and kaitiakitanga – and so of Mauri (or life force). Refer to a 2013 Aotearoa NZ precedent memorandum with NZ Federated Farmers which recognises the need to restore the Mauri of Lake Rotorua here, and the 2011 MfE Rena Long-term Environmental Recovery Plan Goal of “Restoring the affected environment to its pre-Rena state” here.


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