Human innovation has expanded so rapidly that earth is pushed to her limits. I don’t believe that truly being one with yourself and the natural world would harm earth or other creatures. Human manifestations, like nuclear power plants and oil drilling, destroy the earth and would harm us if we didn’t keep delaying the inevitable with further advances in technology. Humans abandoned the natural world when they started killing elephants for their tusks alone, started hunting for “fun” and not food, and started cutting down the oldest, largest trees for timber. If humans were one with the natural world they would do the least amount of harm to it, only seek to survive and be one with it, not dominate earth and use her materials to destroy her.
No, I don’t believe that animal testing is necessary; it is effective however. But is it okay to harm others so we can have new shampoo or Tylenol? In a way we are resisting earths own population control methods. We would let any plant or creature die for us, damn up any canyon to get more water to big cities; its evolution right? But maybe if we were truly evolved we could see that we are earth and earth is us. I’m not sure we should be looking to religion or even science for the “answer”.
I know I don’t believe what god will clean up our toxic waste, but I do believe earth can heal herself; the only issue is time. There is a good chance that we’ve doomed “humans” and probably animals too, population may just decline drastically. We cant really know what will happen and I don’t think that humans will give the earth a chance to heal, we will delay toxicity in order to extend our lives as long as possible with more “technology” and “innovation”.