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In terms of the "environmental issue," within the context of an examination of human perceptual capacity, I see there as being two distinct arguments with which we can begin to reflect on our current state-of-affairs.
One is dependent on the notion of a finite perceptual capacity to the human brain, and the human mind [that is to say, the extent to which we can empathically reflect on our own neural and sensory workings]. The other is oriented around the idea of a less limited perceptual and reflective capacity, but also one that is dependent on a cultural focus or context, so to speak.
If the issue of humanity "out of touch with our natural environment" is on the table, each of these arguments provide interesting points of approach. Let us look at the first argument [the finite perceptual capacity], fleshing out the specific options suggested within the framework of environmentalist concern. A move into civilized [particularly, urban] culture over the last few thousand years, most rapidly in the last few hundred, has introduced the concepts of oral and textual modes of communication with advanced and rich communicative vocabularies, mechanized understanding, and widespread material construction. Prior to this outbreak of civilizational overhead, as I'll refer to these structures of communication and quasi-standardized manifestation, the human experience [or more correctly, my distanced interpretation of it] was largely qualitative. Understandings of maternity, weather systems, shelter, resource management, and social structure were dependent upon what we could label as "intuition," or rather slow-building sensory evaluations that began to manifest themselves back outwards as cultural expression. The sensory experience was largely tied to the local ecosystem, to the point where we could either be identified as a natural component of it, or simply as being inexorably tied to interpreting its characteristics; the border between these two options being rather hazy indeed. For the most part, the current model of sensory input and interpretation that humanity has in use remains largely qualitative, but within the learned frameworks of our own communicative systems. It's an almost incestual feedback loop, our reliance upon our own expulsions to communicate or have the impression of forging meaning, and I think it's perhaps the most significant effect and property of our civilization's development. However: if we come from the angle of our brains and personal biological systems having a "finite" perceptual capacity, how does this deluge of incestually imagistic, textual, and linguistic sensory input fit into the grand scheme of human acuity? Do we, in fact, have room for living within the confines of our own civilization and culture without displacing that from which we have emerged? Is a harmony between our current materialist/self-communicating culture and one of truer environmental consciousness even possible?
From the point of view of the alternate stance introduced earlier on, but incorporating elements of the paragraph previous, perhaps a cap on our perceptual and sensory capacity isn't a problem on the road to a mass environmental awareness. Perhaps, as evidenced in the ever-growing presence of neon texts in the dark, labels on every product and article, and voices shouting down through every electronic corridor designed, we've simply forgotten that the idea of an environmental awareness [that is, an awareness of the ecosystematic natural systems from which we've spawned] is of any concern. By immersing ourselves in the human project of strengthening our own culture, we've made the trek away from a natural understanding both the method and the end. Finding the middle point at which our species stopped trying to balance and started trying to brace its walls exclusively inward, and against themselves is an interesting conceptual point to build back to, but is ultimately impossible to pin down. Even on a more detailed fractal scale it's difficult to locate the moments of hesitation and doubt, when examining a society or project holding its own development into an unseeable future as a primary objective.
Just two interesting flipsides that popped into my head between the annoyance of a Greenpeace canvasser on the sunstreaked sidewalk, and an elevator ride up eighteen floors to stare at the bustling city of suit clad ants.