PREM XALXO, S.J., COMPLEMENTARITY OF HUMAN LIFE AND OTHER LIFE FORMS IN NATURE
The root cause of current environmental crisis has been equated with the rupture of human interconnectedness with nature and defined as the alienation of human beings from God, fellow human beings, and from nature. The loss of human dignity (imago Dei) and the right order in creation are the direct effects of this alienation. Acknowledging God as the creator and master of creation, promoting love and communion among human beings, and maintaining an attitude of responsible care for other life forms in nature could end this alienation.
The present research on the human interconnectedness with nature is an attempt to define human obligations toward the environment. The particular point of reference for the research is the eco-sensitive morality of the Oraon indigenous community. This morality sets two moral paradigms for the humanity to maintain the harmonious human interconnected relationship with nature. First, an ecological consciousness which recognizes the integrity of creation and underlines that the interconnectedness of human life and other life forms in nature should be part and parcel of one's way of life. Second, a morality which takes care of both human and all other life forms must be the moral point of reference for human behaviour towards fellow human beings and other life forms in nature. These two moral paradigms have strong potential for inculcating a sense of appreciation and gratitude to God for the gift of life, a respect for all life forms and a harmonious relationship with the entire creation.
PREM XALXO, S.J., born in 1966 in Christcolony Mandar (near Ranchi, India), entered the Society of Jesus in 1984, and was ordained a priest in 1999. He completed his philosophical and theological studies in India and obtained licentiate and doctorate in Moral Theology in Rome from Accademia Alfonsiana and Pontifical Gregorian University respectively.
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