Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Failure of Humanity

(Artist credit:  Josephine101 @ Deviant Art)

People often ask "Why has the world gone to hell in a hand basket?"  Or something similar.

Aside from the usual stupidities associated with politics and war, the ravages of our environment and the killing off of various species is our own undoing.

Pollution?  That's our fault.

Oil spills?  Our fault.

Destruction of the rain forests, which leads to certain species becoming either endangered or extinct, not to mention how it affects global climate?  Again, our fault.

When will enough people wake up to realize that the decisions they make every single day in whatever they are doing, has a profound ripple effect that is felt around the world?

No one is immune.  And we are each guilty.

We've all been brainwashed to believe we can not live without oil.  We've been fed propaganda after propaganda about the conveniences of oil but rarely are we taught about the downside - until it is too late.

The mess in the Gulf is a prime example of that.

It amazes me that it takes such a huge catastrophe for people to realize how truly fragile this planet is.  It also amazes me how so many take the ocean for granted, seemingly forgetting that 2/3's of our world is water.  And without the oceans and all that live in it, we would not be alive.  I'll say that again:  we would not be alive.

So here we have reports of countries like Japan bribing other countries to vote their way in the upcoming IWC meeting.  While Japan is busy putting up a PR front of denying these allegations, they are busy in backrooms making shady deals and paying off people to vote their way.  It takes 75% of the vote at IWC to bring the whaling moratorium crashing down and the resumption of almost 2,000 whale murders annually, regardless if they are endangered or close to extinction.

Their bullshit excuses continue.  "The whales are eating up all the fish!"  "It's a matter of national pride, history, and culture!"  "We kill whales humanely!"

I'd like to see a whaler volunteer for an experiment on what it's like to be killed whale-style.  Harpoons ... explosives ... rifle shots ... being dragged backwards and held under water to the point of drowning.   Yes, that is humane alright.  That's like being a seal and watching a club being repeatedly bashed against your head.

The egoistical nature of humanity is sickening.  The entitlement so many people have disgusts me.  Certain people take, take, take, and take some more.  But they don't give back and they don't take sustainably.  They don't take with respect or humanely.  It's all about them and how it benefits them.

I'm not saying the majority of humanity is like this.  I guess it just amazes me how such a small percentage of humanity that IS like this, are the ones destroying each and every single one of our homes.

The time has long passed for everyone to look to their leaders for solutions.  They act like they are in charge, but they aren't.  And usually they do not have humanity's best interests at heart - only theirs and how it will grow their bank accounts.

Corporations don't have the answers either.  Most have run amok with their own greed and power trips.  And when confronted with their abuses against humanity and the environment, they either deny it until they are blue in the face or buy peoples' silence.

The answers start with each and every single one of us.  It's not an easy answer.  It requires great sacrifice and change.  But until we are willing to sacrifice and change the error of our ways, our planet and therefore all of us, will continue to suffer for it.

A day will come, unless the tide turns soon, that we will no longer be known as a "blue marble" or a "green earth."  Instead, it'll be a black marble, totally encased in the blood of careless and greedy corporations and global politicians.  Land, air, and water will be black and/or polluted.  And unless you are one of the richest people in the world with a cave deep underground for these so-called doomsday prophecies, you will be long dead.  Lying on the shores with all the other whales, dolphins, manatees, seals, turtles, etc. who died an agonizing and painful death.

Yeah, that's a very fatalistic scenario I'm painting there.  But unless every single human being on this planet stands up and starts holding those responsible accountable for these atrocities, it's not a matter of if but when that scene becomes a reality.

This is our home.  More and more people are fighting back in big and small ways.  Sooner or later, the corporations and the governments of the world have to stop pretending to be deaf and blind and start listening and seeing.

It's not up to them.   It's up to us.

I see a difference happening out there.  Many people are sending out vibrational energies to the Gulf in hopes that it will help everything and everyone to turn things around and start the healing process.   People are out there protesting off shore drilling with organizations such as Hands Across the Sands and Surfrider.  More people are getting in tune with our planet's wildlife and mammals and hearing their cries for help.  More people are recycling, reducing the their driving, and getting back to nature.

No one wants to walk on the beach and side step tar balls and black oil.  No one wants to see a black ocean versus a blue one.  No one wants to see the ocean devoid of all that brings it, and us, life and beauty.  More people are buying organic GMO-free foods and speaking from their wallets while flipping the bird to corporations like Monsanto.

The tide CAN turn.  But again, it's up to each of us to take responsibility. Living our lives with love and passion for not only the people and pets in our lives, but for the Earth that unconditionally provides us with so much so many of us take for granted.

"To cherish what remains of the earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival." ~ Wendall Berry ~

"The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future."  ~ Marya Mannes ~

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