Anthropocentrism is the world view which sees human beings as being at the centre of all creation. It requires that the world be viewed from the perspective of humans; that is, it is to be valued, understood and utilized in terms of human needs. This includes not only the apparent inability of individuals to identify empathetically with other species and life-forms, namely to transcend human self-identification. This in itself seems to condone and encourage a reckless exploitative attitude. But humans also tend to assume, with both religious and scientific rationalizations, that the human species is naturally superior to other species and life-forms, and therefore has the right to dominate, control and use them for its own purposes as it sees fit.