Over the last few decades we have brought the planet to its knees by the exploitation of natural resources without concern for any long-term consequences. Our Earth is suffering like never before but our aggressive drive for “progress” does not let up. We put more and more demands on this planet that gave birth to our kind and the end of the road is inevitable. In our mathematical models for Economics we need to assume an infinite supply, else we cannot model the system. However, in our myopia we behave as if the model is reality and that we can never run out of fossil fuels, that our environment can survive any amount of garbage dumping, that our rivers can be polluted with the waste of countless factories and that the Earth can sustain an infinite number of humans.
The Earth has been around for 4.5 Billion years. That is about a third of the known lifetime of the entire Universe. We, as modern humans are known to have populated the Earth for 200,000 years. The age of “civilization” is 6000 years. We have therefore been on this planet for 0.0044444444 percent of the life of Earth, and civilized for 0.0001333333 percent of the Earth’s life.
These numbers are so small that we can’t understand them. So we need to put them on a scale kind of like what Carl Sagan did. Imagine the Earth’s life is a calendar year. It was born at midnight on January 1st and now it is 11:59:59.99 on December 31st. We are compressing 4.5 Billion real years into one year.
On this scale, every second of “Earth Year” time represents 143 years of real time. Hence, you and I have not even been alive for a second of time in the Year since the Earth was born. Actually not even a half of a second for most of us.
Civilization has, by this scale, been around for 42 seconds of time. The damage we have done to this planet has occurred over the last five hundred years, which is about three and a half seconds of the year that the Earth has been alive.
We are in the midst of a mass extinction, this time due to the effect of humans on this planet. In the last 500 years we have driven about 1000 species to extinction. By the mid century, 30 to 50 percent of all species could be extinct, due to human factors.
Our industries are polluting and heating the Earth at alarming rates. The climate change “debate” is a debacle. It too assumes that you can poison the natural system infinitely without affecting the natural rhythms that keep the eco-systems in checks and balances. Of course we are polluting, choking and destroying the planet – it is completely obvious to anyone but a complete fool.
Massive droughts, floods, fires, hurricanes and other natural phenomena are on the increase. These will become more prevalent as we cause further damage to our eco-system, not because there is some “God” wreaking wrath upon us, but simply because nature will attempt to balance itself as the eco-system is a self regulating and stabilizing inter-connected system. We cannot pollute the air and not expect to bear the repercussions of this action. We cannot heat the planet and not expect plant and animal extinction due to drought and desertification.
In the last 100 years (less than a second of time in the Earth year), we have had massive Wars, which have led to immense amount of human and other suffering. We have created and deployed nuclear armaments (not just the ones from George “Dubya” Bush’s imagination), watched Countries being invaded, “Dictators” being overthrown, orphans created and entire cultures destroyed in the name of progress and democracy.
Sure there was a time when we thought we fought wars for the right reasons, in self-defense or to right a wrong and fight oppressive threats.
Nowadays wars are fought for profit. We are fed a bunch of bullshit propaganda to keep us believing that our leaders are doing the right thing for the right reasons and any human casualties are a small price to pay for the global good. The war on terror has been created to keep us in a state of fear so we will believe whatever they need us to and keeps us in a perpetual state of fearful crisis. All of this brainwashing is happening whilst massive profits are being reaped.
The economy of the West is a war economy. Why would they want peace? The “volatility” is profitable. The more situations that are created which breed conflict, the better for the false economy to create profit and directly or indirectly plunder the planet for more resources in this endless game of “the pursuit of self-fulfillment through the mindless progress of economy”.
Of course more perceived crisis means more wars means more commerce means more industry means more environmental damage means more animal and plant extinction means more real, human created crises. Eventually, of course, this means our own extinction.
There is an old native American saying: “Your people are driven by a terrible sense of deficiency. When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money.”
The more we do the worse it is going to get. Humankind is creating a veritable Hell on Earth upon which nobody who has a shred of “humanity” in them would chose to live. It has all gone so horribly wrong, and we should be ashamed of ourselves for letting this happen.
Sure we have had immense technological advances in the last five to 10 decades or so. That is, in the last four to eight seconds on the Earth’s life. We are able to communicate seamlessly and instantaneously around the globe, we have gathered massive amounts of data on just about everything, we can see further into the Universe and postulate theories about the birth of existence itself, we can perform surgery using robots, we can share and view videos on Facebook.
Has this new connectedness of the planet brought us closer together? We spend more time on devices than in face-to-face conversations. We share digitally but not physically. We have become more task oriented and less experiential than before. We are more isolated and lonely than ever before, we resemble robots more than humans.
Sure we are more efficient, and also more effective at our work due to this, but what are we working towards? Getting to extinction quickly is not going to win us any prizes. We treat life like a race, not a journey and we have forgotten our own values in the process.
Medicine is another frontier for progress. Just like anything else we have created, the priority of the pharmaceutical industry is to keep us sick. Why can’t we see the obvious double standards all around, us, why are we so blind to the conflict of interest? Our Doctors are controlled by the commerce of the health industry. Our diseases are created more by the disharmony of the planet we have caused, the lack of nourishment in our increasingly processed foods, the breathing of more polluted air, the huge stress we are put under just to survive in this planetary commercial system, the fear we live in during these troubled times of terror and other factors.
Our drive for progress will create more disease, and more customers for the health industry. After all, that is what progress is – doing better economically.
Our hypocritical system keeps drugs such as alcohol and nicotine legal, even though the health and social damage caused through the use and abuse of these is widely documented. We are, in fact, caused to be addicts to the system, living in it, not being able to survive without it, and being used for the commercial gain of the few corporations on this planet who actually govern our economy, and dictate who we are and what we must be in order to earn our place in the global fraternity.
In a way, this is just like living in “the matrix”. The famous line in this movie about humanity being a cancer upon this planet is not untrue.
I realize that I am being duped. I’m being made a fool of, and I’m a sucker. I am a slave to the system.
I look around and see only delusion, and when I try and make sense of this life and what we are creating I can only say that we are blind to ourselves.
What we are creating is not going to make us happy or content. We are living our lives for the future, racing towards an inevitability and like a horse with blinders on, we are ignoring that the inevitable end is our own individual death and further the eventual destruction or extinction of humanity itself.
The blind are leading the blind and we call this life. And the prize at the end is death.
However, this is not intended as a story of tragic doom and gloom, even though that is where we will end up if we don’t stop. I believe there is an answer. It is not an answer we will find in the stars and galaxies, or in the atoms and molecules or in quarks and quasars. It is an answer we can find for ourselves in deep contemplation and introspection.
We need to wake up to our individual and collective humanity. We need to look inside ourselves with our own inner eyes and mind and see what we find there. We need to understand who we are and why we do what we do. We need to see for ourselves the seed of the sickness that we are all spreading on the planet and to understand where it comes from within us, why it exists and how we are propagating it.
We need to understand that what we wish for, the safety, happiness and contentment for ourselves and our loved ones is the basic need of all humans, and that the chase for increasing amounts of “anything” does not lead us there.
We can observe for ourselves the false reality, the delusion – the illusion which has veiled our true deeper selves.
And we can wake up to ourselves once we have witnessed the truth within.
What the World needs is not more economic progress. What we need is progress into our own awakening to the meaning of existence.
Existence, after all, has existed for a whole year and we are have been around for only a few seconds. We can only really know what existence is by sensing it within ourselves, not from a textbook or from studies of the World. We need to know what life is by feeling the life within us. Then this life shows us who we are, why we exist and what we need to do.
The life that we sense inside us is existence itself. It is ancient. All energy in the Universe was created at the birth of the Universe, some 13.7 Billion years ago. What is at the core of us has existed since time immemorial as energy. We are made from the same stuff as the stars and galaxies. The elements in our bodies were created inside the core of stars. At the core of our beings, we are all the same, all interconnected, all made of the same stuff and all animated by the same “Life-Force”.
This “Life-Force” is what we look for in our search for “God”. It is that simple, God is not some wrathful, conceited deity that requires our subservient obedience to shepherd our souls towards heaven. Rather, God is the energy in the Universe that created it, is sustaining it and exists at all times and in all places. God is existence itself, God is life – Infinite and Eternal.
We go to War over “differences”, whereas the differences themselves are also an illusion. We do not honour life – we choose to possess, poison and destroy it. We cannot create life – we choose to harm, manipulate and terrorise it.
Our planetary collective consciousness needs to evolve until a critical mass become aware of the delusion of our times. My hope is that we can do so before we destroy ourselves.
In summary we are living in a time when a complete idiot can run to become the next U.S President and be a leader in the polls for his party. If he wins, then humanity is collectively in for a devastating time in which we will progress more towards the economic domination of greed and the pursuit of power. There will be more planetary and human damage than ever before.
If we truly want peace and contentment, we should wake up and ostracize such self-obsessed, power hungry imbeciles possessed by their egoist ambitions. These types are as deep as a puddle and empty of any wisdom at their current level of evolution.
If we want World Peace, we need leaders who live it – we should put the Dalai Lama in charge. If we want to create a World of more suffering, then we should carry on as we are.
There is another native American proverb that I would like to share: “Treat the Earth well: It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.”
May the Life-Force be with us.