So as I was riding my bike home today, I passed by a couple of animals laying dead in the street. You know, road kill. Usually I pay no mind to them other than trying to hold my breath as I ride by to avoid inhaling the horrid smell of dead skunk or whatever it may be. But for some reason as I looked at the carcasses laying in the road, it made me feel some kind of way. I can’t quite put my finger on the emotion I was feeling.
It made me think about how people used to live, like Native Americans and African tribes and such. How they used to live in harmony with nature. They would kill animals, but for food and clothing. They still had a respect for animals and all of nature.
But in the world today, it’s pretty much all about humans. Nature comes second. We’ve claimed this planet to be our own and took it over. We see ourselves (humans) as more important than anything else. We cut down forests that were habitats for animals and ruined land to build on. We’re using up all the natural resources. We create so much pollution. I started thinking about all the bees that are dying, and the 1000s of birds that were falling out of the sky & all the species that we’ve driven to extinction. I can go on and on about how we’ve improved our lifestyles at the expense of the environment but everyone is already quite aware of these things.
By no means do I wish to live how my ancestors from many years ago did. I enjoy electricity. I enjoy the technology we have. I enjoy being able to ride my bike on a road. I enjoy being able to hop on a plane and travel. All of these would have never been possible if we didn’t industrialize & make advances in technology and build and destroy the environment.
So at this point I don’t even really know what I’m getting at. Lol. I do know that recently I’ve been debating on whether or not ill ever buy a car. Not because I don’t want to run over animals, but because I enjoy riding my bike everywhere and one less car on the road is better. Not to mention gas is expensive as shit and all the money I save on gas can go toward other traveling. So I guess that’s me being the change I want to see on the world.
I know what you mean. Its like you feel stuck in this completely urbanized world and you enjoy parts of it but the other parts of it you hate. And you feel like America has become desensitized and de-humanized that we have forgot our own bane of existence. Like you said, i love having some of the technology like planes and roads. But then some things, like purses or sunglasses that cost enough money to feed a child in a third world country, have convinced people that having these items is EVERYTHING. America has breeded a new type of addiction that has been hardwired into people’s minds so much so that its as if there is no turning back. This is something that somewhat depresses me because its such a HUGE problem, and everyone around me is so lost from their selves that I have become lost on this planet.
@paralyticdreams, no that’s exactly what I’ve been thinking to be honest.I do feel very trapped. I often times find myself questioning my own thoughts & beliefs because everyone else is so caught up and addicted, like you said, to material things. It makes me wonder sometimes if I’m the crazy one.
But yeah, I think people in general have become so desensitized and the general mindset on everything is “it’s not really a problem unless it effects me”. I have a real love/ hate relationship with society.
Whats also crazy is that I got an internship at the U.S. Capitol… I am sadly working for senator inhofe… Im doing it for the experience and so I can somewhat get a foot in the door with politics. I don’t like the way this country is right now and I want to change it. And one of my goals is to have some respect politically. And now that I have an internship, I will have access to the senate floor where I can go and actually talk to senators… This is a pretty big deal and actually gives me a chance to throw my ideas out there. Now the sad part is that inhofe is fucking crazy… He doesnt believe in global warming and he is pretty much just short of a radical. And this guy is in senate controlling what is happening with our country.
@krkrich, yeah screw hippies! haha jk. But really, why are thoughts that just show basic human emotion, connection with nature, and empathy labeled “hippy thoughts/nonsense/bullshit”? I think those type of thoughts just make you a healthy and balanced human being. Those thoughts and emotions being ridiculed just show how truly disconnected with nature we’ve become.
@tangledupinplaid21, “I hug and climb trees and go barefoot everywhere and play music and paint my feelings and my hair is very long, AND I’m a good person!” Hahaha… awesome. That definitely put a big ol’ smile on my face.
@krkrich, I definitely second the whole keeping the bike thing man. I’ve been without a car for the better part of a year now and don’t regret it one bit. Sure there are times when it’d be more convenient but like you said, be the change you want to see. I think that we could have most of the amenities we now enjoy and live in harmony with the earth if we just worked with her and not against her.. Plus it never seizes to amaze me how happy a good tune and a little wind in my hair can make me.
@tangledupinplaid21,I agree. We have become totally disconnected from nature. I just think that people have become so selfish & concerned with themselves because of materialism and the belief that money is the most important thing to attain that any other thought that doesn’t follow this is considered bullshit or nonsense.
@growchangelove, yeah, it’s so amazing to ride on a nice day while listening to my iPod. I guess the only downside to a bike would be bad weather conditions like rain It’s hard getting out of bed in the morning for work when I wake up and the first thing I hear is rain drops lol
@paralyticdreams, that sounds like an amazing opportunity. I dont know much about politics but new laws & policies would be a great way to bring about some changes. It just seems like the big businesses have so much influence on the government and always find a way to protect themselves.
@krkrich, As far as the disconnection from nature goes, like most things this is a man-made phenomenon. That’s good though, because if we made the problem, we also have the ability to fix it, if only we can identify where the source of the problem lies… Well as far as I can tell the root of our disconnection is mental, it lies in our language; the concepts and definitions we create to dissect and parse our collective experience. More specifically, the disconnection is created by how we define the ‘self’.
If you think hard, this ‘self’ concept is pretty sticky. At first it seems simple: your ‘self’ is your physical organism and it’s thoughts and emotions. Everything outside of that tiny bubble of skin, flesh, & bones is not your ‘self’. But, biologists have known for a long while now that in order to fully describe an organism’s “niche” (defined as the organism + how it functions; its habits) you must include in your definition its competitor(s), its food source(s), any nearby resources, the topology of the land, etc… Essentially, in order to accurately describe any one particular live organism, you must also describe the entire environment, of which the organism is inseparably interdependent. So why is this any different for humans? Is our choice to define our ‘self’ separately from everything outside of our skin barrier an accurate representation of reality? As a thought experiment, try to imagine your body existing in true separation, without any external environment whatsoever, no fellow people, or animals, plants, micro-organisms, planets, stars, galaxies, oxygen molecules… And if you come to the conclusion that those features are just as essential the physical existence of the ‘self’ as the individual body, why not consider such things as an essential part of the ‘self’ as well? On a related note, I believe this is the literal meaning of catchphrases like “you are the universe” and “all is one”.
In my view selfishness is not a bad thing; it’s a great thing. Selfishness is what drives people to ecological sustainability, for it is in recognition of the essential nature of nature to the continuation of the self that people are motivated to properly steward their environment. The only problem we have is the fallacy of the separate self confined only inside the skin.
Agree with all thats been said on the thread, and won’t type much as i’ll just be repeating! but here are some quotes @krkrich that might inspire further thought/pondering.
– ‘How is it that when something man made is destroyed we call it vandalism, but when something natural is destroyed we call it progress?’ – (regarding deforestation)
– ‘Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money.’
– ‘Man belongs to the earth, earth does not belong to man’
oh and a cool image just to kick it home some more :p http://i.imgur.com/P1VKMpy.jpg