The Mortal Morality: Are We A Cancer?
Everything which exists on this world is also just as important a part of this overall organism. The natural state of this organism is balance. In undisturbed, uncontaminated nature, the one characteristic that is most apparent is the absolute perfection of the ecological system. Everything in that system is in perfect balance. The predators have just enough prey. The plants produce oxygen for the animals who in turn produce carbon dioxide for the plants. Everything relies on the continued proper fulfillment of everything else's existence in order to perform its natural duties in the ecosystem. The reward is life. Perfect, simple life.
Yet our present-day perception of life is drastically different from that. Our day-to-day efforts center around production. But production of what? Our very existence, our ability to feed and shelter ourselves is directly tied into how much assistance we give to the creation of artificial objects. Whether it be working at a car plant, a construction site or an office, the ultimate goal of humanity today is production. The entire socio-economic structure of all nations centers around maximizing the Gross National Product, through damming rivers, building cities, or planting crops in unnatural ways. The means are many and varied. The end is the same. Make more.
But what are we building? Our lives center around cities. Each city has a specific set of characteristics. Seattle is aerospace and marine, Dallas is petroleum and livestock, Detroit is (was) automobiles. Each city develops like a living organ, developed to mainly produce certain things as an integral part of the greater organism which is the nation. The cities are connected to each other by traffic arteries, along which move individual mobile cells, or vehicles, which transport products to the other city-organs so that they may grow and thrive. And all for the increased health of the overall entity which is the country: which also interacts with other countries to form the global economy.
This organic metaphor can be taken much further than there is space for here, but the point is easily taken. Humanity is building a gigantic planetary organism. But didn't we say that the Earth is already an organism? Yes. We are superimposing one organism on top of another.
When a cancer spreads throughout a body, it will form centers of concentration literally on top of healthy organs. Then the cancer cells spread throughout the body to form other centers on other healthy tissues. The cancer spreads and grows at the expense of the health of its host. It interferes and manipulates with the normal balanced functioning of the organism to draw energy for its own misshapen, unbalanced, explosive growth.
We are building a similar organism on the previously healthy body of this world. We pave over fields and meadows for our cities and defoliate our forests so that we may grow our preferred crops in straight, unnatural rows. Our incessant growth on this planet interferes with every single biological function. We pollute the environment with millions of tons of poisons a day. We hack down the forests that we depend on for our very oxygen. And in exactly the same way that a cancer will spread until it kills the very host which keeps it alive, we continue down our road of destruction in the blind belief that it is progress.