Before It's Too Late- A Message To Humanity

"Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice" Will Durant
"Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice" Will Durant | Source

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.

The only thing that is constant is change" Heraclitus
The only thing that is constant is change" Heraclitus | Source

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.

"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." E. Barrett
"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." E. Barrett | Source

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.

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billybuc 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

The west coast is being forced to change, and I think this is just the beginning. We've been playing with borrowed chips for far too long, and we'll have to pay the price eventually. I see so much apathy, Liz. I wonder if people can really change their destructive habits. I sure hope so.


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bizarrett81 15 months ago from Maine Author

I know what you mean, Bill. Borrowed chips is right. And if we can't get it together, nature is going to come asking for payback. I've seen the weather over there in your neck of the woods - unbelievable! And California... let's just say I'm glad i don't live there anymore.


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fpherj48 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Liz....This has taken my breath away......simply fabulous. I love your style and I especially appreciate what you have written. I am always grateful for "reminders" of the truly important things in life and quite frankly what matters most of all.

This is the first time I am reading you, Liz, but I assure you this won't be the last.

Inspiring ! I have voted this UP w/ UABI! and am sharing, tweeting & pinning. Peace, Paula


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bizarrett81 15 months ago from Maine Author

Paula, I am so grateful for your comments and for sharing. I know it is a message worth spreading, what I have written. Thank you, and I look forward to discovering your work as well!


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bravewarrior 15 months ago from Central Florida

Liz, we humans are indeed the cancer of this Earth. Our actions and lack of concern are rapidly destroying the planet. I see small changes here and there: more people are moving towards sustainability and replenishing what we've destroyed. If that attitude can grow globally, there's a chance we can survive. The question is: is it too late?


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Dana Tate 15 months ago from LOS ANGELES

Beautiful message. Every now and then the world needs a wake up call.


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bizarrett81 15 months ago from Maine Author

bravewarrior, I agree, that is the big question. Is it too late? I certainly hope not. I hope that, as you mentioned, the attitude can grow globally. And I will keep trying to push other people in that direction! Thanks for reading!


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bizarrett81 15 months ago from Maine Author

Thank you Dana, for reading. I agree, the world needs a huge wake up call!


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Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

the message is loud and clear.. love the poem.. so deliberate.. voted useful and awesome...


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bizarrett81 15 months ago from Maine Author

Thank you very much Frank!


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tillsontitan 15 months ago from New York

Great message, very well put! We certainly have gotten ourselves in a mess and unless we start making changes we could go the way of the dinosaur.

I loved your poem, so telling. You've done a great job here.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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bizarrett81 15 months ago from Maine Author

THank you so much, tillsontitan. I agree, changes need to be made!!! Thanks again for reading and voting up!


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bizarrett81 15 months ago from Maine Author

THank you so much, tillsontitan. I agree, changes need to be made!!! Thanks again for reading and voting up!

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