When I heard the words “civilization is dead” I immediately blamed technology. But technology is not the only thing to be blamed, for humans created it. Human survival relies on the acceptance of our limits and our work to cultivate and collect our cultural heritage, whose basis lies in nature. This is the basis for the proposed Anthropocene, the proposed nomenclature for the current epoch. This proposition’s purpose is to promote reflection, intrinsic values, and ecological worldview. But, what is wrong with being anthropocentric? It could create the assumption “that humans are at the center of the universe, and that human interests outweigh all others.” This focus perpetuates environmental problems such as global warming, ozone elimination, and water loss due to the disregard for nature. People ruin nature in order to enhance their own lives and live luxuriously. However, on the flip side, the anthropocene could actually cause people to want to care for nature more in order, but with more selfish reasoning in order to better their own lives.
The invention of the new epoch may have in turn perpetuated a change in how we define human, nature, and technology. The Anthropocene, while very human focused, still creates a tight knit web of relationships between these three subjects. Relationships being held more closely than ever before.