THE EXISTENTIAL-PRAGMATIC REALITY OF DEATH IN URHOBO MYTH AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR POPULATION ETHICS

Authors

  • Mark Omorovie Ikeke

Keywords:

Existentialism, Pragmatism, Reality, Death, Urhobo, Mythology, Population, Ethics

Abstract

One serious problem that the world is facing is the environmental crisis. One of the things that negatively impacts environmental well-being is overpopulation. As there is growth in the human population, human beings have to make use of more natural resources. Humans fell more trees to give way to human beings, thus affecting biodiversity and denying other beings in the forest their habitation. Human beings create more waste that, if not properly managed, affects the environment. This is why there is a need for population ethics to strike a balance so that the human impact on the earth is minimal. This paper argues that natural death and other forms of death, as long as they are not induced, have a place in mitigating overpopulation. The paper hermeneutically and analytically uses an Urhobo myth about death to propound this claim. The paper finds that overpopulation is a reality, and death is also a reality. It concludes that a stoic acceptance of death without undue prolongation of human life can contribute to creating an environmentally sustainable world.

 

¨ Professor of Philosophy (Environmental Philosophy), Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria. drikeke@delsu.edu.ng

 

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Published

2023-11-25

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