Before It's Too Late- A Message To Humanity
If there is one thing, that is an absolute truth
It is that we, as humans, are just passing through
Human existence is, I'm afraid, temporary.
The universe is simple; ruled by entropy.
We are born, and then we age until death
Our consciousness slips away with the rest
The rest of our ancestors and all beings past
Part of the harmony of nature, we dance
Through this linear existence, it's all that we know
Microbes, all too aware, maybe part of a show,
Perhaps being driven by the tiniest of strings
in other dimensions, doing miraculous things
Equal parts good and evil, nature is neutral
Uncaring, it seems, space time can be brutal
Supernovas bursting, bearing elements of life
While elsewhere black holes destroy even light
We sit, fragile beings, lucky to have made it this far
Perfectly positioned, with a moon and a star
Keeping us at just the perfect, right spot
For human brains to slowly evolve
We've changed and survived for thousands of years
We've devoloped emotions like love and fear
We're amazing, it's true, there is no denying
Too bad, because of us, our planet is dying
It's happening slowly, most don't seem to see
But something changes with every uprooted tree
With every nuclear meltdown, every oil spill
With every field turned into a trash hill
With every corrupted crop poisoning the land
And every piece of Earth, changed by man's hand.
It's stupid, really, when you really stop to think
That someday there may be war, over the last fresh drink
And still, everyone just skips along, wasting everything
As if consequences to all of this don't mean anything
I wish others would realize, our insignificance
Nature doesn't care, it ignores our dissonance
Our wars don't matter, our quarrels, our fights
Our cars or that we have mastered flight
All of it could be extinguished in a matter of seconds
And here we are sitting atop nightmarish weapons
Putting more effort into binge watching shows
Then saving the one little place we have to call home
Wasting the one fleeting chance that we've got
on too many things that need to be bought
So most of us die, without realizing the worth,
of our time, our selves, and our place on this Earth
So let's make a change, before we start to fall
before it's too late, and we lost it all.
Change is Constant
This world, this existence, is temporary. Everything is temporary, when you think about it. As quoted by Heraclitus “The only thing that is constant is change”. Transformation is continuous, whether in a star or a human. Stars are born, they burn, they die. We are born, we grow, and we also die. Change is unavoidable. We change every minute of every day. We wake up, and are changed by the sleep we had the night before, we could even be changed by a dream, and think of it for the rest of our lives. We eat meals, and whatever we ingest, some of it will stay with us forever. You read books and learn things, and that information is part of a new you, a “you” that knows something else than the” you” the day before did not. A break up can change you. A car accident can change you. A movie can change you.
We are constantly changing, and we must remember that when dealing with life. Nothing is set in stone. Our chemistry is designed to change, to acclimate, to adapt to what environments we are in and the thoughts we allow ourselves to think. If we are constantly negative, our chemistry changes in a negative way. If we are more positive, and strive to put out more positive energy into the world, then we become more positive. Think about it; we can be forever changed by the remark of a stranger, by an unexpected incident, by something you witness that doesn’t even have anything to do with you. So we must be constantly aware of what we are doing and how it might affect other people. We must not give up on struggles, instead changing our attitudes to push it in a new direction. Nothing will ever be accomplished with negativity.
Now, think about our planet, and how much it changes. Land moves, geography shifts. That's how it has been for as long as the universe has existed, and that's how it will always be. Someday, the universe will move on without us. There is quote I read in a book that captures this perfectly: “Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice” (Will Durant). The book, which I am in the middle of, is Ashfall, a story that follows survivors of an eruption of the supervolcano that lies under Yellowstone. It is a very real danger that most brush off, as is an asteroid impact or a solar flare that could wipe out our entire electrical grid, plummeting us back into the dark ages.
It seems like most people these days are arrogant about human existence. They seem to think we will be around forever, and that everything is here for us. With this attitude, the Earth, our precious planet, is ravaged and poked and prodded and reshaped for our convenience. The other inhabitants are enslaved, caged, trained, and industrialized to make our lives easier. All of this will come with it's consequences. If something as simple as a remark of a stranger can inflict lasting changes in ourselves, then all of the toxins and changes we are forcing on the planet are sure to seep in deep and change it drastically.
Don't believe this? Think we can continue on our path of self destruction, otherwise known as “progress”? Let's remember the Dust Bowl- a direct consequence of mankind's greed and arrogance that nature can be twisted to our will. The Earth has it's patience, but it does reach a limit, and when it strikes back, we all suffer.
The message here is to remember that we are responsible for ourselves, yes, but also for everyone else and this place we call home. We must slow down progress and detach from modernity a little. Our world, as I said, is only temporary. We must keep it habitable and pleasant, which is not the current track that we are on. The possibilites of the future, based on our current trajectory, keep me up at night, and make me worry for my children.
As Gandhi said “We must be the change we wish to see in the world”. It's as simple as that. If everyone stopped being so negative, so greedy, so lazy, and dropped the “it's not my problem” atittude, there could be so many amazing changes. Embrace the cliches: peace and love for all!
Let's help the hungry, instead of shrugging while we stuff our faces with giant burgers and extra large fries. Let's rescue those in danger instead of trying to get the perfect shot to post on Facebook. Let's focus on education, adding in proper nutrition, sustainability, gardening, and how to help the planet. Let's stop trying to invent new technology that needs fuel or other dwindling resources. Now don't get me wrong, I love technology, but at the expense of a place for my grandchildren to live? Not quite.
I feel very strongly that this is an EXTREMELY IMPORTANT century in human civilization and history. I feel we are at a fork in the road, and it could either go one way into a pleasant balance of science and nature, or down a very dark road that we won't be able to recover from. Please, let's work together to push the world down the right road.
Let's improve ourselves physically and mentally instead of sitting around watching TV and eating too much food. Let's plant more gardens and trees and detox ourselves from the lifestyles that are destroying animals, land, water, forests, and human lives. Maybe if we spent more time out in nature and peeled our faces from all these screens, we would appreciate nature and life more, and take better care of it.
Let's do this, humans. This is our diagnosis- we are a cancer, and we are spreading. Are we going to blast ourselves with more poison and eventually wipe ourselves out? Or are we going to shift into something better, into beings worthy of living on this perfect little planet we were blessed with?
We don't have a choice, really. It's time for a positive change, before it's too late. And we are dangerously close to too late. There are enough things out there beyond our control that could destroy us. Let's not do the job ourselves.