According to the laws of ecology regarding how species interact with their environment, and the principles of evolution that dictate the path of least resistance, Wal Mart fulfills the perfect natural path that humanity should and is taking. In other words, Wal Mart is completely ecological. Laws of biology judge a species' success and adaptation with how well they can reproduce. With this view, Wal Mart is flourishing, popping up in every middle town in America and they are busy. Not only this, but during the effects of the tornado in Alabama a few weeks ago, Wal Mart became the de-facto survival headquarters, bustling with throngs of people displaced from the devastation of a severe act of Mother Nature. When times are tough, we pursue what we need. It’s quite simple and the same thing that we have always done.
Thus, if we were to walk, bike, or drive to the half dozen independently owned business that each offered an item that we needed for our livelihoods, we would be spending more time, more energy, and experiencing less convenience. While one could argue the merits of supporting your local economy and neighbors’ livelihoods, it would be completely anti-ecological, going against the grains of our genetic heritage. Therefore, anti-ecology is the deliberate choice in our relations to our environments and resources, despite what laws of ecology, evolution, and genetic hard wiring would have us do. We may be living in the 21st century, but our minds are still from the Paleolithic.