Worster, Donald  “Nature and the Disorder of History”
Soule, Michael E., and Gary Lease. ­Reinventing Nature?­
Responses to Postmodern Deconstruction.­ D.C.: 1995
ISBN 1559633107

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Attitudes about nature and the environment change. But contrary to the belief of many contemporary postmodern historians, whose excessive relativism may distort reality, change may not be the most important metaphysical principle. Still, disorderly change is the fashion of the day. Just as in ecology, where the Victorian paradigm of stability, equilibrium, and order has been superseded by a paradigm of disturbance and disorder, the contemporary historian's view of human society rejects the notions of normality, equilibrium, progress, and all value judgments; it is fixated on disorder. As Marx said: "All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned."

Because modern historicism leads either to cynicism or to banality, it could be described as a degenerate worldview. A less extreme interpretation of contemporary history and ecology might stress two principles: one is social and biological interdependence; the other is successful adaptation to situation and place by human groups and species. Change is not a good in itself. But preserving a diversity of change, not freezing nature, ought to stand high in our system of values.