Who of us can deny the immense achievements of the functional and rational mind in its enhancing of life in so many ways. Its capacity to see, utilize and use whatever is around it has been a human feat of remarkable proportion.
I watched a program the other night where they described how hundreds of Greyhound dogs are bred every year knowing that only a few will make it to the race-tracks, and even then, when those few are no longer useful. they, like all the others, are simply tossed out to die.
Again in Buber’s words, until the human functional mind turns nature from an “it” in to a “thou” it will continue to do its work of devastation.