This is OUR world.
At about 4am this morning I woke up gasping for air. Feeling confused I tried to piece together any dream I had been having, but there was nothing there.
Waking up a little more I felt a wave of anger hit me. And once the fog of having just woken up had cleared the only thought in my head was ‘this is our world’. In that moment I was not only angry but thoroughly confused as to how we have ended up in a situation where a select few individuals decide how we use, and destroy, this earth.
The anger has subsided, but the thought, well I don’t think it will ever leave. Today I have a whole new respect for this planet, because now I know it is mine. I had suspected before, but never felt it so clearly.
Treat this earth like it’s yours. Respect it like it’s yours. Have fun with it like it’s yours. And feel outraged when someone else is harming this wonderful world that is yours.
This world belongs to every single last one us, and it’s about time we started acting like it.
@siantastic, I can just imagine how intense that feeling was, waking up to it at 4am. I am right there with you in the fight. This is OUR world! I am too confused and outraged at the point we have reached in history where we treat the planet like a prostitute in the worst corner of the world. We take, take, take and never give anything back, in the grand scheme that is. I know there are many people out there fighting to preserve the planet and its resources, however at this time there are more people that are destroying the planet, so us that try and help out are delaying the inevitable. That is unless more and more people start waking up and paying attention to all that is going on in the world. The pollution and waste of resources is astounding to think about, killing animals by the billions (seeing much of that go into the trash in restaurants and households worldwide), polluted waters (most of the waterways on the planet are useless). We have to do what we can as individuals and hope that one day the governments and corporations will follow on a mass scale and start to replenish forests. The world as a whole needs to operate on better morals and ethics.
I like it when we get existential and reach out for comfort in romantic ideas.
I look to George Carlin for advice in this domain. This planet is so much bigger than us that we really can’t do anything to destroy it, we could however, destroy ourselves. I think when you say that we are destroying our planet you’re really saying that we’re destroying our ability to live on this planet, which is entirely different. Still, even if we did wipe ourselves out, the planet would be here and continue spinning around for millions of years before the sun swallows it up.
We are merely an extension of the earth, we came to be on this planet, not the other way around. We belong to the planet, the planet does not belong to us, there actually is no “belong” in this sense because we are the planet, the universe, made self-aware. So, if you want to learn how to respect the earth, do no think of it as something external that needs to be cared for, think about how you can respect yourself and live in the most healthy and productive manner.
But as far as worrying about destroying the planet, it’s not likely we can, but like I said earlier, your real concern is actually in self-interest, you should worry a lot about whether we will be able to live on this planet.
@doblearcoiris, Sorry if I didn’t make myself clear. A romantic existentialist I am not, and I am perfectly aware that if the earth was destroyed (as we know it) new life would form and it would be absolutely fine without us. ‘This is our world’ was merely the thought running through my head this morning. It’s just another way of looking at the same thing. I definitely don’t think of it as external…that’s kind of why I reached this point.
@reinvented2012, It’s ALMOST funny because it’s so confusing. And you’re right, we can simply only do as much as we can as individuals.
@siantastic, I like the sentiment but in my culture, Australian Aboriginal, Captain Cook asked “Does this land belong to you?” and an Elder responded “No, we belong to the land”
The point being, you are trying to stake an ownership claim for all on behalf of all, but I figure you are approaching it from the wrong direction, we belong to the Earth and we have our place.
That place is akin to a caretaker, not an owner.
God damnit guys, this wasn’t meant to be about ownership, but about respect. That’s my fault.