Don’t go leppin’ out of buildings
In the middle of the night.
It’s not the fall — but landin’
That’ll alter social standin’
“Take her in your arms” – Andy M. Stewart
The concept of humanstm as separate from Nature(sm) is a belief rather than an innate feature of being human. It is not a universal belief, other cultures function very well, at a slower pace, without this belief. This is a peculiarly Western belief.
Within the last 300 years, there has been a paradigm shift in Western societies dictating Capitalism to be the highest priority, higher than all other beliefs, and all other beliefs must be subservient to goals of profitability and infinite growth.
Our decisions and morals have their roots in these beliefs. Western society teaches this concept to children. It defines how things are described, and which priorities are used to make decisions.As a result, we’ve driven the entire planet toward environmental tipping points, making it difficult for nearly all mammals to exist in large numbers without artificial supports. Humans as a species will probably survive, but Western Civilization will not, it cannot be sustained in its current form.
We have driven the planet’s systems to change significantly over the course of a few hundred years. These shifts normally take thousands or tens of thousands of years to happen.
Compare this to jumping from a plane. The moment when your body contacts the ground is crucial to your survival. If you can make the change from falling to slowly stopping you probably won’t get hurt. But if you just let it happen you’ll be hurt, and probably dead.
The planet normally makes these changes slowly, and the rest of the planet’s systems resemble a set of parachutes, each one slowing you down, giving you time to adapt to the change in your environment. Since we’ve increased the speed of change thousands of times over what is safe, the planet’s “parachutes” can’t function fast enough, so that transition from falling to a dead stop happens very quickly, with disastrous (bloody) consequences.Since we’re not really in charge of nature, and what we do simply affects the world around us in ways we tend to ignore, we’d better start looking at the signs of these broken systems, figure out how to stop breaking these systems, and get those planetary “parachutes” re-engaged.
Unless we look forward to going *splat*.