13 August 2014
“…Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.”-Carl Sagan. If there is only one thing that humanity has to learn, that would be the superior power of compliance with natural laws. Human species have never had any true freedom. Freedom is illusion. When it comes to the order of nature, either you align or you suffer. So, who are we, homo sapiens, a branch of great monkeys, the source of all problems on the Earth, the reason behind dramatic changes of environment, evil governors undertaking the role of the God? When a monkey looks into the mirror he sees a monkey. When a man looks into the mirror he sees superiority and independence. Why? Albert Camus would have the right answer for it, “ Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.” I believe that, religious we are or not, we all think, that we are the children of God, who creates and rules the world by his own will, and we, as his prototype, are capable to resubmit and challenge his choices. No one is more superior and higher than humans, none other creature. We don’t think of the world, as it’s our temporary residence for a certain amount of time, and we are the guests here, we rather think we are the creators of all that inhabits the Earth, a center of Universe. Humanity lives by the rule of a “second chance”, which I consider to be one of the greatest mistakes in all the history of relationships between humans and nature and one of the biggest hypocritical assumption that can ever be made by the most rational creatures of the planet, that has been rooted very deep and practiced throughout the modern time in the most frequent pace. The “second chance” rule has been created for the mercy of human’s vanity and ignorance. Take into consideration this facts: the explosion in Chernobyl (1986), that took 100,000 people lives; eliminating sparrows from Chinese farms and contributing to a famine which killed 38 million people; the 2006 Côte d'Ivoire toxic waste dump that took almost 100,000 Ivorians sought medical attention for the effects of the chemicals; loss of lands, saltwater intrusion through manmade channels, timber harvesting, subsidence, and hurricane damage, ocean acidification due to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, release of lethal chemicals into rivers and oceans, causing the death of aquatic life, and many other facts in history of human involvement into the nature:. Where is the “second chance” for the people and other inhabitants of this planet who died from this man made disasters? These examples prove that there is no such rule of a “second chance” simply because nature doesn’t privilege us with one. The relationship of humans to the Earth is an evolutionary process. First Homo sapiens are the most obedient environmentalists of the planet. Many thousands of years ago, our super-monkey brethren began to discover how to engage nature. We went from being completely at the mercy of the habitat, gathering our food with some hunting, living and migrating around the natural seasonal regeneration, to an agricultural revolution, learning how to cultivate food, create more sophisticated tools to ease labor. In fact, this new awareness and ever-increasing understanding to harness the processes of nature to our advantage is what has led to the vast technological innovation and monetary-based economy we see today, an economy that exists for its own sake, not for the relative accountability of capacity of the Earth and everybody’s needs. Everything is for sale and no one is accountable for the consequences. Market efficiency, the idea of the ownership, the economic theories of invisible hand of the market and all of this is the main driving force of civilized...
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