How to Save Earth?
Every Action Must Have a Reaction
Every action, whether or not we’ve chosen it consciously, carries with it a set of principles and intentions. This ties in to the laws of Karma ( the Sanskrit word for action) and the “scientific” alternative in Newton’s law that ‘every action must have a reaction’. We only have to observe nature to see how it works. Nature works perfectly, in harmony and in balance. In fact the more we work in harmony with mother nature, the more “she” helps us out. In nature we witness much symbiosis – that is interactions between different biological species and this is partly how different species thrive: by working together.
It seems that it is us – human beings – who are out of synch with the balance of the earth. We have spent so much time “fighting nature”. We have been treating it as our enemy rather than our ally. If we want to find out how to save earth, why don’t we try working with nature, rather than trying to conquer it?
Nature as Our Greatest Teacher?
When something happens in nature we can observe the intentions and see the principles in action. For instance, when a hornbill eats fruit from a fig tree along the river’s edge, not only does the bird sustain itself with nourishment, but also excess fruits drop down into the water below, get taken downstream and some end up germinating and becoming new fig trees elsewhere. Other fruits from this action feed the fish in the water down below, while others simply settle at the bottom and decompose, becoming nutrients for the sediment. And so on and so on. Every action has more than one intent and serves multiple functions. Nothing is wasted. Nothing that bird does ends up contributing to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or ends up in destruction of its own habitat. In nature, everything has a purpose and an intent or set of intentions. Perhaps, then, nature could be our greatest teacher in finding out how to save earth ?
Looking to Nature for Guidance on How to Save Earth
At this crucial point in the evolution of human consciousness, we see the coming together of indigenous peoples to stand for the rights of earth with 280 – and counting – indigenous tribes fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Indigenous peoples – globally – have long co-existed with nature and have only been prevented from doing so by “modern intervention” in all its forms. Land-grabbing, resource extraction, “acculturalisation”, and economic “progress” to name but a few ways in which nature has been meddled with. Is it time for us to look once once to nature for guidance? Nature’s consciousness is unfathomably complex: the more we harmonize with it, the more giving she is. Farming which follows permaculture principles, for example, provides typically much higher yields per acre and improves the environment, the landscape and the wildlife habitat. Certainly also there are shared patterns of indigenous culture and permaculture in working with nature rather than against it.
Is Working with Nature How to Save Earth?
Nature’s consciousness is incredibly complex. Just look at all the functions trees provide (the ones that we know about anyway), and the remarkable symbiosis between trees and fungi that allows trees to communicate with each other. Species interconnect and collaborate. By doing this they create synergy. When we look back at past failed “civilizations”, was it a failure to co-exist, collaborate and create synergy between themselves that sealed their fates? Many accounts suggest so. Was it also their failure to include themselves within the confines of the ecosystem which brought their downfall? If you read Jared Diamond’s book “Collapse” it would suggest so.
“The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts”
What is that quote by Aristotle? “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. The key, perhaps, is collaboration, cooperation, interconnection, and understanding that the synergy we create together will always be better than what we create working alone. What exactly is the point of “fighting nature” anyway? It would most probably take less effort to harmonize. But what would harmonization look like? Perhaps it would look like creation rather than destruction, for creation is undoubtedly our greatest gift and expression of love.
The Gift of Creation and How to Save Earth
As human beings, we have the gift of creation and we have that gift at our disposal to either create havoc or heaven. There is a choice. This current over-consumption model, based on the consumption of fossil fuels and pillaging of the land is killing us. There is very little doubt about this. This attempt to dominate nature has failed it seems. The fact is that if we are capable of creating such almighty havoc, then surely we have it in our power to create heaven on earth.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree that creation and working with nature is the key, or do you have other solutions? Would love to hear from you!