“Howl at the moon. Bathe in the forest. Grow plants. No more burning. Stop bulldozers. Know how much is enough.” (Slightly rearranged by Ian.)
Glen Barry has been in this column before. He is more relevant than ever. Life on Earth is being extinguished and Barry is anything but complacent. How can anyone be?
“Nothing really seems to matter much when your Planet is needlessly collapsing and dying” and “There is nature. And she needs us” sets the tone for this article.
“Humans evolved from the same genes as all life and are utterly one with the natural world. Whether we know so or not. Our evolutionary history goes back billions of years. We are part of a miraculous web of life, whereby life begets life, and the sum total of all life – the biosphere – is itself a living entity. Flowers, genes, meadows, wildlife, ecosystems, and landscapes are our kin.” Somehow, in our arrogance, we forget or dismiss this. When we so callously kill off life on Earth, it’s our brothers and sisters that are dying.
“Most have been more than willing to trade this epic eco-evolutionary lineage for a world of toxics, violent video games, mindless television, perma-war, wage slavery, and ongoing and intensifying ecological diminishment.” Barry asks questions that all reading this should dwell on: “How has perpetually having more as many have nothing been universally accepted as development? How does one go to work in the modern economy knowing your actions in sum with others are killing Earth?”
Barry sees a dismal future, one which is very difficult to ignore or negate: “To bring a child into a dying world is an act of negligent homicide to the child and our shared Planet. Unimaginable horrors await all of us, indeed already afflict hundreds of millions of fellow human beings and countless members of other species, unless we end war, learn to share, stop destroying natural ecosystems, and end burning of fossil fuels.”
So, think on these things, and make changes in every facet of your lives. The link leads to Barry’s website and much would be gained if more read it. Go to it and: