chapter  13
Being salmon, being human
Notes on an ecological turn in the modern narrative tradition
ByMartin Lee Mueller
Pages 20

This chapter explores the difficult situation that salmon face in their encounter with modern humans. For to take issues with the ecological crisis in general, and with the plight of salmon in particular, means that begins from the notion that a wrong is being committed. Taking all the essential aspects of being salmon away from salmon, and the only thing left that binds your resulting sack of flesh and bones to salmon is ambiguous and deceptive rhetoric. But being human, we live inside narrative, and the still-dominant narrative of anthropocentrism sees the human as essentially outside of, and above, the larger and more-than-human community of life. Callicott distils three major tenets that constitute this ecological turn towards a new and, as we saw, also very ancient field theory of the more-than-human community of life. The second tenet implied in this ecological turn is that ontological thought must be holistic.