we think back to our prehistoric cave dwelling ancestors we generally
imagine them hobbling around with wooden clubs resting on their shoulders,
poised to kill pray or perhaps bully and intimidate each other for tribal
control; their daily existence consumed with the basic concepts of survival,
food for a hungry belly, and shelter from the elements. While our understanding
of the natural earthly ecosystems on this planet were driven mainly
from fear, we contrived creation myths based on endless, repeated cycles
of evolutionary inspired creation, maintenance, and destruction.
In our past the future seemed endlessly sustainable, having evolved
over millions of years. However, this current generation of humanity
is the first to face the reality that this cosmic world is engaged in
a serious skirmish of wills. Modern western oriented civilization is
clashing with the organic bio-weave of planetary reality. This battle is rapidly unfolding into an epic struggle between our careless
formulation of life, an industrialized cut and thrust corporately driven
juggernaut of continual growth that is defying the natural flow emanating
from nature and has pitted itself against the planet's primary organically
Human behaviour, supported by ultimately ruinous attitudes, is in direct
opposition to the fundamental constructs and basic realities inherent
in cosmic planetary existence. No doubt, urbanized post apocalyptic
rubble dwellers, survivors of the collapse of this civilization will
clutch a gun for control and dominance as the first weapon, that wooden
club, once hewn out of a living tree might no longer exist.
1838 to the 1850's scientist Charles Darwin awoke too and was quietly
contemplating evolution and its driving impetus, internally manifesting
the inspiration that would ultimately be published in his celebrated
book, "On The Origin Of Species". Darwin could not know then that the
potential source of impending mass biological extinction had all ready
been inseminated and was gestating in the minds of rapacious individuals.
The driving force of the current ecological catastrophe-in-waiting was
to be nothing less than humanities unrestrained industriousness, our
always persistent mercantile impetus with its rampant attention to overriding
self interest. This critical factor fostered an avaricious incredibly
careless disregard for the planet and its many natural organic creations.
The birthing and introduction of a commercially nurtured Industrial
Revolution between 1760 and 1780 would eventually be combined with "scrooge"
like miserly business attitudes that were in turn wilfully supported
by western religious doctrine. This combination introduced and unleashed
an ecologically threatening scenario into the planet's delicate life
supporting biosphere scenario. We have nurtured a greed inspired covetous
planetary role for humanity, a way of being that is dominated and justified
only by profitable always righteous, in God we trust, self interest.
The collective known as humanity has turned itself into a rapidly growing planet
wide, weed like invasive arrogant species. With an attitude to life on
this planet that is proficient at
birthing and fostering a crime like ecologically harmful mercantile
vulgarity. We have collectively become a dominion of carelessly motivated
corporately lead planetary sheep that are being fed, clothed, and housed.
A corralled herd of organic automatons that are roped and dragged, ironically
quite willingly but naively along behind our political and corporate
detached masters. We have allowed the ruthless among us to wilfully
introduce a code of ethics and morality into our collective thought
stream, espousing the concept that this planet is ours for unbridled
endless, mercenary pillage.
This role of endless, ongoing, economically instigated fossil fuel
stoked growth that we have adopted, has indeed been highly successful
for us. It is now infused into humanities collective imagination, becoming
western civilization's founding outlook for a successful and worthy
life. The driving force of material crazed wants and desires, the constant
aggressive never ending demands on this planet's limited finite resources
and our complete neglect of ecological and biosphere duty bound realties,
should more rightly be viewed as ethically and morally reprehensible.
type of life does provide many of us with adequate health care, a stable
and reliable food supply and continuing productivity for countless millions.
However proud we are of our accomplishments and modernized advancements
we have to also acknowledge that this relentless mercantile "revolution"
comes with an attached unseen unprecedented and impossible to pay price
tag. This planet is now handing us the bill for our industrialized religiously corrupted
civilized human realm, and the truth is, we essentially can not pay for it.
notion of responsible caring stewardship regarding the planet's finely
tuned and delicately functioning ecological construction, a natural
reality that is truly worthy of nurture and preservation, is
the only path that will provide a sustainable outcome for humanity.
little blue planet we collectively call our earth, is fully organic
from its inception to the earliest beginnings, including the daily reality
of its fundamental inner core workings. Inherent planetary rhythms function
on the premise of maintaining those inter-connective ecological foundations
that carefully support all of its naturally evolved life. Slowly over
hundreds, no indeed thousands of millions even billions of years, quite
deliberately through a long history of progress, decline, then progress,
it has finally evolved itself into a stable very highly tuned eco-functioning
biosphere. This planet is literally a miracle of bountiful life formed
by the infinite cosmos, it gives and supports life in great abundance
but also takes and consumes life without hesitation, enfolding it back
into itself whenever it is deemed to be required.
Building now with a pace of slow but relenting determination even if
somewhat subtly this magnificent cosmic jewel, this tiny space oasis
teeming with life in an ocean of vacuous cosmic space has begun to react
with increasing evolutionary hostility to the irresponsible harmful
actions of its overly aggressive highly intelligent hominid species,
we upright bipedal human beings.
is sheer folly on our behalf to believe that we could continue to act
like completely irresponsible polluting planetary tenants and continue
to get away with it. What is not sustainable is exactly what we have
fashioned for ourselves; it is a way of life that is too swollen, too
egotistical and is literally a dead ended conception that will collapse
in on itself from sheer overly excessive material greed.
While we might believe we are the intelligent aware force inhabiting
this planet, one might question what other species would knowingly foster
and encourage the inevitable destruction of its own life critical habitat?
We are the only species without controlling predators, except of course
for ourselves. Even
supposedly "unaware" planetary wildlife does not knowingly
defile their living habitat.
Throughout the past millennium of humanities billions of lives lived,
we have paid little mind and have not devoted enough attention to the
genuine requirements of living in this planetary reality. It comes down
to our intuitive lack of understanding and failure to grasp the true
intention for our cosmic lives.
economic impetus has been to move outside and away from the framework
of natural planetary reality. In the coming years and decades ahead a clash of planetary will verses
corporate aim and direction will certainly unfold. The
planet's mean surface temperature will rise and we will certainly surpass
these extremely dangerous life threatening thresholds, indeed there
is the potential to surge past these catastrophic tipping points of
Many of our leading scientists fear that a torrent of interconnected
cascading self perpetuating ecologically destructive planetary feed
back loops will be induced to stir and awaken to life. These are the
primordial beasts that help to drive evolution's machinery, they will
rise up from eons of calm slumber and will be kick started into unstoppable
planetary action. A chain of sudden ecological collapses will commence,
each one invariably provoking others to follow in turn. Metaphorically
speaking it will be like dominoes falling, triggering a landslide of
interrelated cascading actions to occur and manifest, thus allowing
the planet's evolutionary impetus and not humanity to take over primary
control of the biosphere agenda.
These cascading planetary events will be an evocative portrayal of evolution's
changing of the guards, bringing with it devastating and very damaging
consequences to our frail human ecologically unenlightened worldly manifestation.
Our fate is already madly scribbling itself onto the wall of our certain
dead ended destiny, in it's cascading wake, evolution the deciding factor
will have to step in and do what it must do; it will bring we insatiable
human beings into line through a process of summoning up planetary change
of mode evolutionarily driven protocols.
The infamous Kyoto protocols of the mid nineteen nineties were in effect
an international wake up call asking countries to take extremely minimal
actions to try and reduce the production of consumer and industrial
green house gasses, literal trying to reduce our overall carbon dioxide
output by only six percent. Even at this extremely
tiny level of downward adjustment we have fought and squabbled bitterly
over having to reduce and minimize our careless endless off-gassing.
Many countries like my own have even increased carbon production and
have simply failed to take much if any action regarding this binding
irony of our squabbling and haggling over the six percent Kyoto reduction
protocols is that we should be reducing our green house gases by up
to ninety percent if we want to survive and live ecologically friendly
long term sustainable lives on this planet.
would appear quite plainly that we are nearing a dead-ended junction
in our history.
infinite cosmos has provided us with ample intuitive warning signs and
demonstrable clues as to what sort of life a carbon dioxide laden atmosphere
can and will support. There are a number of planets in our solar system
that have just such atmospheres, Venus and Mars are two of the best
examples, and not surprisingly they are our closest brother and sister
own planet has already dispatched a fateful preparatory harbinger, a
solemn sign pointing to serious impending trouble. It arrived here riding
on the hurricane winds of our fate. Showing up in a number of climate related expressions such as torrential
rainstorms with their overflow and flooding in areas never before seen.
Severe yearly droughts occurring with resulting crop failures. Tremendously
destructive exceptionally violent wind, lightening, thunder, and hail
storms, much stronger and larger than normal hurricanes including hundreds
of extreme mega destructive tornadoes. Exceptional hot and long dry
spells in the summer accompanied by nation wide major wildfires burning
through tinder dry forests and scrabble brush lands. Wildlife acting
strangely or simply dying off for no apparent reason.
the path of human life we have taken, there have been many clues and
signs that should have been inspirational and illuminated our understanding
of this cosmic reality. The space race of the 1960s was one of these
events. Perhaps humanities greatest and no doubt best industrial scientific
achievement to date, that of landing humans on our moon, Earth's closest
solar system neighbour. This was the opportunity for each one of us
to actually see how incredibly finite our reality truly is; that of
a tiny blue dot, this Earth, all alone in vacuous none life supporting
never ending cosmos.
Eventually in the coming decades ahead, as we arrogantly carry on making
little and in many cases no changes to our present habits, the ultimate
harbinger of them all, mass death and immanent extinction will formally
step out of darkened shadows of the nether world and onto the global
stage, revealing its full presence to a shocked and well deserving but
in many ways not surprised human civilization.
Humanity will no doubt flock in great numbers to their many places of
worship and pray in earnest to none existent intellectually contrived
self imaged gods. They will not even think of begging for forgiveness
from this planet, humanities true conceiving and birth Mother. Literally
the only place which gave everything life and sustained that life until
sheer greedful sentient stupidity destroyed the life sustaining biosphere.
Something that had been graciously provided through the quirkiness of
incredibly scarce random originating fate by the grander cosmos. A womb
like place where all life conceived and birthed might survive symbiotically,
thriving until eventually time and experience matured the aware sentient
manifestation into an entity worthy of exploring the grander universe.
Sadly our fate at that point will be cast in stone and it will be far
too late to attempt to do anything about it. Nature who ultimately controls
this planet in every respect will no doubt open up and stretch out once
again the evolution hand it has been holding close and keeping closed
while it's sentient life fulfilled its destiny and matured. It will
literally step in and claim this planet back from us. And why not, we
now represent a genuine threat to the entire planet wide biosphere and
everything it is supporting.
Humanity will literally be forced on the run, chased down and driven
to ground by the ultimate predator, provoked planetary evolutionary
hounds that have been sent from Hades to literally chase us off this
planet. What better way one might argue for the planet to simply rid itself
of us than to make living here virtually an impossible reality.
an organic species we have no doubt misplaced or overlooked that presence
of thought and creative conception regarding intuitively inspired insightful
inter connectivity. It
is truly amazing that it was only thirty short years ago that the concept
of planet Earth as an actual living organism itself was conceived and
gained merit. The reality that everything was closely interconnected
in a delicate tenuous symbiotic dance of cosmic life was an unheard
scarcely thought premise especially in modern scientific circles.
For centuries we failed to acknowledge and fully recognize how interconnected Homo Sapiens have been with the planet itself. The more advanced we have become as a species the more withdrawn we are from the very environment that gave us our lives. We have, however, never been able to devise a life style completely void of the natural realm, as evidenced through our sheer joy whenever we are lucky enough to spend time in the realm of non-economically minded planetary nature.
We sought to control this connection, funneling it into summer holiday
camping, canoe gliding along on our magnificent lakes and day long hiking
in our national or provincial parks. We plant gardens and feel humbled
and sense awe in the plant life produced from a tiny seed that always
remembers and generates a new beginning. We all long to touch nature
and in turn be touched by the essence of infinity, a sign of our intimate
relationship with the core of eternal cosmic creation.
overlooked and ignored fundamental synchronicity of nature in our planetary
reality, is one of post modern civilization's most profound intellectual
misunderstandings. That inability to comprehend and fathom the plain
simple truth about planetary being, and thus it is an "Achilles Heal"
and humanities single greatest end inducing downfall.
Humanity appears to be brimming to over flow capacity with many experts
in various fields, all ensconced and happily circling within their own
little orbits. Our failing is that we as a collective do not speak cleanly
or clearly with one knowledgeable organically in tune sustaining voice. I
believe that we the citizens of this earth should form an organization
and name it the "Institute Of Sustainable Planetary Life"
a body of study mandated specifically to understand what endurable cosmic
being actually means. An organization to sift through all of our scientific
findings and sort them into a life sustainable context.
We lack an agreed upon collective human vision. This planet alone is our true originator and maternal creator and literally
is the genuine God or Goddess we seek to know. We should be
worshiping it as such. Perhaps as we listen to the evolutionary bells that are now very loudly
tolling we can conceive of a fresh new approach to our fundamental way
of life, formulating a new beginning that is acutely aware of the finite
extent and the profound respect for all things universal that is actually
required to become a cosmically fulfilled planetary being.
In the end if it should turn out that we are truly on a down slide towards
eventual self induced demise, cosmic evolution will be sentient life's
only salvation. It is ambitious and relentless in its quest. It will
keep on working throughout time to bring forth other newly evolved aware
They will no doubt one day stand in amongst the crumbling decaying rubble
of our long forgotten civilization. Hopefully
these newly arrived evolutionary inspired beings will be acutely mindful
as they bare unbelieving witness to the obvious careless apathy and
arrogant belligerence we had for planetary life, they will no doubt
ask themselves why this was allowed to occur.
Perhaps they might be intuitively moved into conceiving of a suitable
more friendly worldly dominion. With any luck it will be rationalized
around a more highly enlightened cosmically aware reality, one that
hopefully will help these beings to emerge on this planet with a much
firmer grasp of the organic certainty and intrinsic manifestation of
life. Maybe they will be humbly and truly thankful to this planet for
the gift of life, endless sustenance and tangible sentient reality,
as we evidently are carelessly not.