In academe we are rarely asked for our personal perspectives. Our colleagues prefer academic perspectives. These should reflect our considered judgment given the accepted methodology and current mainstream academic thinking. A "personal" perspective implies a release from constraints that is both liberating and scary. At a younger age I might have taken advantage of this freedom by reflecting on the romantic relationship between humans and nature. At my current age, however, I am like the bird who returns to its gilded cage. My personal perspective is the perspective of my discipline. My view of the relationship between humans and nature is very much the anthropocentric utilitarian view of economics.



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