Just when you think you’ve learned something, it’s no longer true. Just when you think you’ve found someone you can trust, they lie. Just when you think you’ve got everything figured out, it changes. Or maybe it was never really what you thought in the first place.
Please don’t take these statements as any sort of complaint, because I think this complexity is part of what makes humanity so beautiful. I have come to believe that we are merely the result of random occurrences of the past.
Just when you think you’ve found love, it just doesn’t work out. Just when you think you’ve found a person you like, they do something against what you believe in. Just when you think maybe you’ve found a friend, they really don’t give a shit about anyone but themselves.
Please don’t think these statements as cynical for I do believe in love and humanity and friendship with all my heart, but I also believe we take these for granted.
I take these things for granted. I think we all take things for granted.
The shark, dating back billions of years has his muscular streamlined body, perfect for slicing through the water paired with jagged teeth and a sense of electroreception. The lion with his strong sense of community and pride paired with agility and a mean set of teeth and claws make him the king of the jungle. The eagle a dominant bird with unmatched eyesight, the ability of flight, and strong piercing talons. The cheetah with her speed. Fireflies with their light. Dogs with their sense of smell. Humans.
"The Modern Human," dates back about 200,000 years. The human with his ability to walk upright, his opposable thumbs, and his strange sense of self (that we know as consciousness) has allowed him to evolve into a creature who has changed the face of the planet more so, and at a faster rate than we have ever seen it changed before.
We are remarkable creatures! We have created vaccines that evade death itself. We have ventured past the borders of our own atmosphere and have yet to find life that even compares to that on our planet. We are the beautiful result of simultaneous coincidences and we are destroying the biodiversity that make this Earth so incredible.
This remarkable sense of self we have been gifted with has birthed our notions of beauty truth and love, but has also created an opening for corruption, greed, and hate. We have become powerful creatures. We have created intricate systems called countries, called business, called religion. Within every one of these systems there is a chain of command. We have compartmentalized ourselves to the point where responsibility has lost meaning.
For example: a leader wants a piece of land. He orders his army to move in and kill anyone who stands in his way. At least in our earlier years leaders would fight along side their armies. Now a days they sit in their ivory, air-conditioned towers passing commands down a line of men. And these men can sleep at night. Do you know why? These leaders spilled no blood on their own hands, and the soldier, if he is still alive, was just following orders.
“All is fair in love and war.”
Externalities: A consequence of an economic activity that is experienced by unrelated third parties. An externality can be either positive or negative. Pollution emitted by a factory that spoils the surrounding environment and affects the health of nearby residents is an example of a negative externality.
There is the same amount of matter around us than when we started, it’s just been moved around. So what’s the problem? We benefit from ripping carbon out of the earth and burning it, which releases it into our atmosphere, heating it up. The ecosystems on our planet rely on temperature. Temperature that is changing drastically as we continue to rip more away, in denial that anything is wrong. And while all this is happening, do you know what we talk about?
On CP24 recently I read, “Toronto Breaking News: Eva Mendes to meet boyfriend, Ryan Gosling’s mother.”
It is incredible to me that a guy bringing his girlfriend to meet his mom is something that can be broadcasted to living rooms all over the world. What’s even more incredible is that people are interested, they want more! I don’t mean this in any sort of sarcastic matter, but rather in a tone reminiscent of Louis C K’s musings on this generation and technology. Human drama is an incredible, powerful thing. We feel so strongly about the things around us that we have evolved to communicate and share them! Out of our minds spill stories, and from those stories we learn and continue to evolve.
Don’t take these things for granted. Don’t take this planet for granted.
While we wage wars with each other, we are in denial that we are waging war against Earth, and it is all we have. What’s more than that is we are absolutely defenseless against it! We hide behind “weapons of mass destruction” from each other, but if the Earth declared war on us, I regret to inform you, even technology won’t save us.
Fellow people, I dream of a sustainable future, with trees, and animals. With trees and animals interacting the way they should in order for them to evolve. I do not want every tomato to taste the exact same, I do not ever want fellow creatures to be put in situations where they never get to feel the sun’s rays on their skin, fur, or feathers. I do not want cancer. I do not want to worry about disease or sickness caused by the chemicals we tamper with unknowingly, and use every day. I do not want to live my life in debt, while corporate stooges live a life of frivolity. I do not want to be wealthy when I know there are others suffering. I want every human being to have access to a glass of water. I want to see this planet, I want to be free to roam it without boarders. And I want a bad ass holographic television to play halo on. A television that is powered by the sun. Guess what? We have the technology. We have the technology because we are incredible creatures. I dare you to want to be better. Unfortunately it isn’t easy, institutionally the world is closing in around us. But at the bottom of this pyramid we have built is us, the consumers.
Ways to become Sustainable:
Save energy – remember to turn off your lights!
Lower your carbon footprint - http://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx
Conserve water – take shorter showers, and don’t leave the tap running
Buy Local – there is a Farmer’s Market at Ryerson every Tuesday
Avoid products with excess packaging, especially plastic
Use bicycles or public transit
Reduce chemical use
Grow your own food
Eat less meat! …or no meat :)
Here’s to 2012, not the end of the world, but rather a year of new perspectives!