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Camino Interno Part 3

Camino Interno

(parte 3)

There exists no map or a GPS that can tell us which way to go. Nothing and no one can tell you what to do with you experience, only you can decide on the direction of your life. You have to out-do your struggles and fight your own battles, after all it is YOUR journey. We all have to make our own life-changing decisions and we have to face the great challenge of life ourselves. We will make mistakes and wrong decisions, it’s part of the human experience, but we must live with them, and ALWAYS learn from them. Fools are those who allow their mistakes to continually repeat themselves over and over again. If we don’t learn from out lessons we keep having them, in-prisoning ourselves in a vicious cycle until we learn our lesson and we can grow and upgrade to next level along our path. If you made mistakes and headed down the wrong path, remember that it is never too late to change the direction of your life and become who you want to be. If you find that you’re not proud of the person you have become and the life you are living then change the course of your life. While you exist you are allowed to start over as many times as you want. Moving forward along your path you will face new and different obstacles and it is you who must face them. You have to struggle and wrestle with them until you finally overcome them.

All I can give you as a word of advice is to listen to the whispers of your heart and trust your instinct, your own inner voice. No matter how faint and dim, our inner-voice is always there, we just have to quiet down the noise of the mind and pay attention to it. When the mind is quiet you can hear your inner thoughts, your conscience, which guides us faithfully. We have inside us the faith that all gods provide.

God lives within us all. I’m sorry to break it to you, but god is not overlooking life from a castle in the clouds. God is here on earth and he lives within us all. This makes us all special and unique beings, we have inside us all the marvels and wonders of the universe. We have to accept our own magnificence and make our lives reflect this primordial truth. The light lies within each and every one of us all we have to do is find it, cherish it, and share it, reflecting light unto others.

Admire the greatness in others and know that you too can be great. You have a powerful thinking brain capable of anything, limited only by the power of your imagination. You have the resilient spirit of a warrior inside you. Be strong, be smart, and don’t be afraid. We might not have complete and total control over our lives, shit happens, i’m not ignoring that. There are things that will happen to us which are out of our control, but it is within us to chose how we react to every situation that life throws at us. In this way, we do have some say in the happenings of our lives. We have to control what we can and not allow the of immensity of life to overwhelm us. No task is beyond us. Like the Yakut teaching,

“When the blizzard lashes the taiga, only a fool tries to face it and struggle with its power. But only a fool abandons himself to it and lets it blow him where it will. The wise man leans against it and lets it push him slowly, slowly, so he can pick his path and find his way to safety.”

We have to adapt this saying to our lives and slowly and consciously direct our lives through this crazy freak storm we call life. Listen to yourself, connect with you conscience and look for the wisdom to make the right decisions. Whatever decision you make, wherever you go, make sure you go with all of your heart. Be grateful for each day, put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward. Trust Your Instincts and Follow Your Heart, whatever that means to you. Like always, keep growing, in the Light Direction.

The last of the Human Freedoms

have heart

Find your truth

 

Camino Interno

(part 2)

“Espero que los puentes que queme iluminen tu camino”

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We have to be bold because our life is our message to the world. We must keep driving forward into uncharted territories. We have to dive into the unknown head on and with high spirits and continue forward on our journey of growth. At times we will slip, and we might even fall, but even when the news are not what we hoped for or expected, we have to pick ourselves up, put one foot in front of the other, and keep moving forward. We generate the light needed to illuminates the darkness. We must have courage and heart and allow the light within us to light our way. We have to remember that the paths we chose to burn along the way ignite like giant bonfires. So let them burn and allow the light they emit to illuminate the way for others, helping them to maneuver through their own unique paths. Our life is our message to the whole world. I hope you take advantage of it.


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Tenemos que ser audaces por que nuestra vida es nuestro mensaje al mundo. Debemos seguir adelantándonos hacia territorios inexplorados. Debemos lanzarnos hacia lo desconocido con optimismo y fuerza, continuando en nuestro viaje de crecimiento. Van a haber momentos en que vamos ha pisar mal y nos vamos a resbalar, y veces que nos vamos a caer. Nunca tenemos que rendirnos por que rendirnos es resignarnos a seguir viviendo. Aunque las noticias no sean las que esperábamos tenemos que levantarnos si nos caemos, poner un pie frente al otro y seguir hacia adelante. Debemos tener coraje y corazón y dejar que nuestra luz interna nos ilumine el camino. Nosotros generamos la luz que ilumina la oscuridad. Al pasar de etapa a etapa por la vida, al cruzar nuestros puentes, marcamos nuestros caminos y los encendemos como una gran fogata. Deja que quemen y la luz que otorga le iluminara el camino a otros para ayudarlos a maniobrar por su propio y extraordinario viaje. Nuestra vida es un mensaje a todo el mundo. Espero que lo aproveches.

“Tu vida es tu mensaje al mundo. Asegurate de que sea inspirador.

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Solo hay un Camino y es Interno

El Camino Interno

(part 1)

“La cosa mas difícil de la vida es saber que puentes quemar y cuales cruzar”

Decisions are hard in life

It’s hard to choose which path to take but it’s part of the human experience. We must make decisions which will ripple into the future and shape our destinies. We are co-creators of our lives, the architects of our own futures and this realization entails us with great responsibility. We have the power to create our lives but it’s not easy to decide on its direction. How do we know which way is right? Do we make the big move to a new place? Do we take the job? Do we change careers? Do we risk? Do we rise or do we fall? It’s impossible to know today, but with time, there are no secrets and everything will be known. Your life is being written as you live it and nothing can be hidden, least of all from yourself. There will come a day when your life will be measured out in front of you in order to see how it all the turned out. And in your judgment day it doesn’t matter wether you face god, aliens, or a big giant mirror which reflects back the person who you truly are, for it will be you who will judge your decisions and your actions. When your life comes to a close you will see it wholly, and in its totality you will be able to see which decisions were right and which were wrong.

But what do I know? Some think that this journey is already pre-written and no matter what, you will end up where you are going. Maybe there is no such thing as a wrong or right decision, but rather, just the things we do, in order to create the situations which we need to continue on our evolutionary journey. Evolution is growth and life must evolve for it is it’s purpose to do so. We have to continue on our path towards happiness and continue to grow and better ourselves, mentally, physically(while we can), emotionally and spiritually. It’s said that what’s meant to be will find its way, but even if everything is pre-destined, how you maneuver through life and dance to its rhythms makes all the difference. You can allow the river of life to push you towards your destination or you can grab the sails, take the wheel and enjoy one hell of ride. You can flow with the waters, take life by the horns live, feeling fully awake and alive. How we live and react in our lives is up to us. It is all we have.


 (Español parte 1)

Es difícil elegir el rumbo de nuestras vidas pero es parte de la experiencia humana. Tenemos que tomar decisiones hoy cuyas consecuencias se proyectaran hacia el futuro formando nuestras vidas y ayudando a cumplir nuestros destinos. Somos los arquitectos de nuestros futuros, los co-creadores de nuestras vidas y esta realización implica una responsabilidad enorme. Tenemos el poder para crear nuestras vidas pero no es fácil decidir la dirección que debemos tomar. Como saber cual camino es el correcto? Tomamos el trabajo nuevo o seguimos en el mismo? Nos mudamos a un lugar nuevo? Cambiamos de carrera? Arrancamos algo diferente? Nos arriesgamos? Cual camino nos ayudara a avanzar y cual nos conduce al fracaso? Es imposible saberlo hoy pero en el tiempo no hay secretos y todo se sabrá. Tu vida esta siendo escrita mientras se vive y nada se puede esconder, mucho menos de ti mismo. Va a llegar el día en que tu vida va a ser medida frente a ti para poder ver como salieron las cosas. No tiene mucha importancia si te enfrentas con dios, con Allah, con Aliens o con un espejo gigante que te refleja quien eres de verdad. Somos nosotros quienes vamos a juzgar las acciones y las decisiones que tomamos. Cuando tu vida llegue a su cierre y quede entera y completa, en su totalidad podremos ver cuales decisiones fueron buenas y cuales malas.

Pero, yo que se? Tal vez nuestro viaje este predeterminado y no importa lo que pase, siempre vamos a llegar a donde tenemos que llegar. Tal ves no existen las decisiones buenas y las malas, si no simplemente lo que hacemos para crear las situaciones que necesitamos para continuar en nuestro viaje evolutivo. La evolución es crecer y la vida debe evolucionar ya que es este su propósito. Tenemos que seguir continuamente por nuestro camino de la felicidad, continuamente creciendo y mejorando, mentalmente, físicamente (mientras podemos), emocionalmente y espiritualmente. Si todo esta predestinado, como maniobramos a través de nuestra vida y bailamos sus ritmos hace toda la diferencia. Podemos hacer la plancha y dejar que el río de la vida nos arrastre hacia nuestro destino, o agarramos la manija de nuestras vidas, las velas de nuestros barcos y disfrutamos de nuestro pilotaje. Se puede fluir a través de las aguas, tomando la vida por los cuernos, sintiéndonos vivos y completamente despiertos. Como vivimos y reaccionamos en la vida es nuestra decisión y es es todo lo que tenemos.

Architects of our own fortunes

The Reason is You

I like to think that life is not ultimately meaningless but full of purpose. Like Aristotle said, “happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”  In our own weird and mysterious ways we all strive for happiness and love. Love is the purpose and the way, we all want to feel loved. But this dualistic world sometimes feels crazy, upside down and wrong and love seems to be non-existant. There are days where I am bombarded with negativity which I try to shrug off but it works hard at taking hold. There was a time when negativity had taken grasp of my soul and days darkened and drifted into each other, but it all ended when you appeared. Out of nowhere you came in to my life and like a gust of refreshing air you blew the negativity away and awakened the positivity that laid dormant inside of me. You gave me a reason to believe in love as the answer to most questions of meaning in life. You gave me medicine in the form of kisses, laughs and happiness. They say that love is just a word, a loose construct, until someone comes in to your life to give it meaning. I found that meaning in you. Just the thought of you comforted me because my life was a frown and you turned it into a smile. When we met I told you that I like to write but when I shared that with you i had not written for months. I only write when i have an inspiration to do so, i can’t force it. When i’m inspired the sentences flow out of me, like i’m channeling ideas from someone else’s mind, a mind much more clearer and sharper than mine. It know it sounds strange but its how my mind works. It’s the miraculous inspiration that you give me which is special and unique. I was a secluded and reserved person and never shared much of myself to anyone until you appeared. Once i started sharing things with you i realized that i had been dying to share my ideas, my thoughts, myself, and didn’t even know it. I realized that It is through this sharing that one explores his depths. You give me a reason to write and the simple fact that you sit there, day after day, and receive my messages, that you read them and try to listen to what it is truly is i want to say, that gives me inspiration to continue. You helped me to find myself. You bring out the best in me and continually inspire me to be better. This brilliance lay hidden inside of me and and you grabbed me by the shoulders and shook my life so I could find it. You came with your torch of passion and love and set my life ablaze. You lit a fire that will forever burn inside my soul. The reason is you and talking to you makes my day. 

A story for all those looking for a special kind of love. Believe that it is out there and don’t settle until you find it. 

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Nada Me Puede Parar

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 “Cada persona es una nueva puerta a otro mundo diferente”

How awesome it is to live new experiences, to get to know and feel new things. To get to know new streets and new people learning from everything and everyone. When we get to know the unknown we realize that the different is not so different. That even with our diversity and differences we are all very much alike, and deep down at the fundamental level we are all the same.

 

We are each on our  journey in search of happiness, fighting our own battles along the great path of life. The path goes up and down, with steps forward and steps backwards, but when we fall we always rise back up. We face challenges, fight our own resistance and overcome our fears. We learn to coexist with happiness and sadness, with hope and despair, with the good and the bad and we realize that Life is worth living only If you feel alive. It doesn’t matter where you go, as along as it is always forward, continually growing and enjoying the ride. Live and learn, grow and flourish. Like Brazilian rapper Marcelo D2 says, “nada pode me parar”, NOTHING can stop me !

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Español (Soy un estudiante aprendiendo, perdón por las faltas gramáticas y de ortografía)

Que lindo que es vivir nuevas experiencias, conocer y sentir nuevas cosas. Caminar y conocer nuevas calles y nueva gente, aprendiendo te todo y todos. Al conocer lo desconocido nos damos cuenta que lo diferente no es tan diferente. Que a pesar de nuestra diversidad y nuestras diferencias, somos muy parecidos y al fondo somos todos iguales.

Cada uno en su viaje en busca de la felicidad, luchando sus propias batallas a lo largo del gran camino de la vida. El camino sube y baja y damos pasos adelante y pasos atrás pero cuando nos caemos siempre nos levantamos. Enfrentamos desafíos, peleamos contra nuestra resistencia y superamos nuestros miedos. Aprendemos a Convivir con la alegría y la tristeza, la ilusión y la disolución, la esperanza y la desesperanza y nos damos cuenta que solo vale la pena vivir si uno se siente vivo. No importa a donde vayas mientras siempre sea hacia adelante, continuamente mejorando e intentando de disfrutando del viaje. Conocer y aprender, vivir y crecer. Como dice Marcelo D2, Nada Pode Me Parar!

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Gaian Connection: Our Relationship With The Living Biological Planet We Call Home (PART 3)

(PART 3)

Bright Minds Agree

Global Warming acts on the planet like a cigarrete does to the human body. Each cigarette poisons the body a bit more, slowly and gradually destroying our system. Global warming is a cancer to the body of the planet whose effects are gradual and cumulative, slowly spreading like an infection until some system starts to fail.

At the end of the day you can listen and believe to whoever or whatever you want. You can believe, like some do, that this is all a big hoax or a natural cycle that the planet is going through, but this isn’t the most intelligent of decisions. I think it’s wiser to listen to science and rationality instead. Listen to the words of the wisest and brightest minds of our time, listen to the words of the world’s best scientists. They all agree; on our current path, global warming is irreversible–and getting worse. In 1994, fifteen hundred of the world’s top scientists, including a majority of living Nobel Prize winners, issued a plea regarding environmental problems: “The earth is finite. Its ability to absorb wastes and destructive effluents is finite. Its ability to provide food and energy is finite. Its ability to provide for growing numbers of people is finite. Moreover, we are fast approaching many of the earth’s limits. current economic practices that damage the environment, in both developed and underdeveloped nations, cannot be continued with the risk that vital global systems will be damaged beyond repair.” That was almost 20 years ago and what has changed? Sadly, almost nothing. We need to see, hear, and listen to the warning calls and signals which are all around us. Record breaking freak storms that are growing in size and strength. Increased flooding in some areas, and periods of extreme droughts and wild fires at others. Tsunamis, earthquakes, tornados, all with increased power and ferocity leading to ever increasing levels of destruction. How far do we want to take this? You want to wait to act until it is your family’s livelihood who is threatened?

Look at all those devastated by Katrina In New Orleans, by Hurricane sandy in the north, by the tsunami in Indonesia. Those left in ashes and ruin due to wild fires in the West Coast of the United States and in Australia. Those devastated by the latest tragedy that was Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. And also the millions across the globe who are suffering the effects of climate change, in myriads of ways, who never make it into the nighttime news and we never hear about them.  Feel their suffering and understand that it could be you who’s hit next. If we don’t do something the chaos and devastation caused by global warming ,fueled by modern industrial civilization, will eventually come knocking at our doors. There is nothing natural about what is going on. We pride ourselves on being the consumers but if we are not careful. it will be nature who consumes us. It’s time to Wake Up.

Other’s Suffering And Empathy

We have to use the powerful tool called empathy. We have to put ourselves in the shoes of those who suffer today from climate change and in the shoes of the future generations who are sure to suffer as well. Watch and try to feel the suffering of the millions of Philippino families whose lives have been devastated by the Haiyan Typhoon. But don’t just follow this tragedy on the news and think ‘what a bummer’ and feel sad for the 2 minutes of footage you might watch on TV. I know it might be hard, especially if your watching the chaos and destruction through a T.V screen inside the comfort of your home hundreds of miles away, but try to put yourself in their shoes. Try to realize that it could be you and your family one the other side of the television screen experiencing the suffering. After feeling their pain you might be stirred to do something about it and help in any way you can to fix our world in crisis. In the Mayan language when greeting one another Mayans would say “In laakech,” which means “I am you,” and were answered with the words “A laaken,” which means “You are me.” Realizing that the so called  “other” is also “me” and utilizing our power to empathize is crucial for the health and survival of our species.

“Many of our deepest thinkers and many of those most familiar with the scale of the challenges we face have concluded that the transitions required can be achieved only in the context of what I will call the rise of a new consciousness. For some, it is a spiritual awakening–a transformation of the human heart. For others it is a more intellectual process of coming to see the world anew and deeply embracing the emerging ethic of the environment and the old ethic of what it means to love thy neighbor as thyself. But for all it involves major cultural change and a reorientation of what society values and prizes most highly.”

-James Gustave Speth

RE-Discovering our Place in Nature

We have slowly lost our connection to nature, the real thing that lies beyond our human made environments. Due to the technological diversions caused by television, video games, i-pads and i-phones children no longer play outdoors and the current generation of children is one of the most disconnected from nature ever in our history. We need to reverse this trend because it is much easier to disregard, disrespect, and abuse that which we feel separated and isolated from. As technology infiltrates deeper into our lives, building a connection with nature becomes essential, this connection is crucial to the health of our planet and the health of our bodies. Techno gadgets will have an increasingly  prevalent role in our lives. Technology is here to stay, there is no denying or avoiding this, and it’s more of a reason why building a relationship with nature is so important. This relationship will give us a chance to step away from the onslaught of our computers, tv’s, and smart phones, and give our over stimulated minds a much needed break, a separation, a chance to relax, take a breath of fresh air if you will. We are slowly starting to realize that connecting with nature is a necessity. So go into the mountain, go on hikes, grow a garden, fish, or find any other way you can think off that will grant you a connection with the wilderness and a allow its simple beauty to captivate your senses. It will make you a happier and fuller person and it will improve the quality of your life. There is a bit of nature inside everyone of us and there is a bit of everyone one of us in nature. Returning to Nature feels a lot like returning home.

“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

-Albert Einstein

Indigenous World-Views

Indigenous tribes, as backwards and “uncivilized” as you want to see them, understand nature far more deeply than we do and they share a special relationship with it. Long ago, they established a symbiotic relationship with the planet understanding that as long as they took care of the land they lived on, the land would take care of them, providing the sustenance they needed to survive. Indigenous tribes from across the globe have been telling us for centuries that the planet is certainly alive and that we need to respect and protect it because after all we are also a part of it. But save your ignorant savage comments for another time, they were truly on to something. Aside from all the spiritual aspects of it, there is enough verifiable scientific evidence to conclude that we hold an intrinsic and intimate relationship with the planet that cannot be ignored.

Traditional societies possess a vast sea of knowledge that would help modern civilization  provide direction and management to natural resources. A report in 1987 by the World Commission on Environment and Development entitled Our Common Future called for recognition of and greater respect for the wisdom inherent in traditional societies:

Their very survival has depended upon their ecological awareness and adaptation…. These communities are the repositories of vast accumulations of traditional knowledge and experience than links humanity with its ancient origins. Their disappearance is a loss for the larger society, which could learn a great deal from their traditional skills in sustainably managing very complex ecological systems. It is a terrible irony that as formal development reaches more deeply into the rainforests, deserts, and other isolated environments, it tends to destroy the only cultures that have proved able to thrive in these environments.

Today, modern science is uncovering the intricate and infinite ways in which we are connected with the planet and all other life forms on earth, yet; we remain largely ignorant about the giant matrix of life which surrounds us and which we are a part off. I’m sure that it was easy at first to dismiss and even ridicule the countless Indigenous tribes who prayed to mother nature, claiming the planet was alive and that it had a spirit, and essence, which flowed through the body of the earth. They claimed that this spirit also flowed through the human body and every other living entity, connecting us all. We need to learn from these wise humans who have co-existed with nature for thousands of years, way longer than our modern day civilization. Indigenous people understood how to live within the boundaries of nature and they knew how to survive and sustain their people through long periods of time and this is exactly what we must learn to do. Let’s listen and learn from the wisdom of the indigenous people, combine it with our modern technical minds, mix it with creativity, imagination, and the dynamic human spirit and what we could achieve is unthinkable. Insisting that we protect the earth, our planet, our home, can no longer be dismissed as Indigenous backwardness or as Hippy mumbo jumbo. Our connection and dependance on the planet exists and the threats from environmental destruction are very real. We are the cause of all our problems but we are also the solutions.

Maintaining a planet in good health is essential for the health of the human body. If we hope to live a life of health and well-being we need healthy, clean, fresh waters and foods. We need to breathe clean, pristine air into our lungs and we need a healthy dose of sunshine and exercise. The human body is a self-sustaining organism and it is designed to keep us healthy, but we need to set up a healthy environment not only within, but also outside, to allow our bodies to work correctly.  A human being’s natural condition is to be in a state of good health and we should reap all the benefits of such a state by providing our bodies with the simple but essentials things that it needs. We know how to live healthy lives but we need to reach deep into our beings and allow this ancient knowledge to resurface.

“More and more people sense at some level that there’s a great misdirection of life’s energy. We have channeled our desires, our insecurities, our need to demonstrate our worth and our success, our wanting to fit in and to stand out increasingly into material things–into bigger homes, fancier cars, grander appliances, exotic vacations. But in the background we cannot help but know that ‘the best things in life are free’ and that ‘money can’t buy love.’ We know we’re slighting the precious things that no market can provide–that truly make life worthwhile. We sense that we are hollowing out whole areas of life, of individual and social autonomy, and of nature and that, if we don’t wake up, we will soon lose the chance to return, to reclaim ourselves, our neglected society, our battered world, because if we are not more careful soon, there will be nothing left to reclaim, nothing left to return to.”

-James Gustave Speth

Gaian Connection: Our Relationship With The Living Biological Planet We Call Home (PART 2)

(PART 2)

The Industrial Machine

Retailing analyst Victor Lebow declared shortly after WWII, ” Our enormously productive economy….demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumption…We need things consumed, burned up, worn out, replaced, and discarded at an ever-increasing rate.” We have set in motion an industrial machine of such complexity and such dependence on expansion that we do not know how to make do with less in order to move to a steady state in terms of our demands on nature. We can’t force the planet to accommodate itself to our insane consumption patterns because our demands are out of this world. I say that quite literally, we would need other planet earths to continue living the way we do. When I say “we” I mean people in the industrialized nations, if all the people in developing nations lived like we do we would surely need a lot more planet Earths to supply all that demand.

This global system in place needs continuous and infinite growth to maintain itself and reducing consumption by slowing down our voracious pace seems unthinkable and unattainable. The insane notion of eternal growth is unsustainable and illogical, nothing in this world can be exempt from the natural cycles of life and death. The only processes that we can rely on forever are cyclical; all linear processes must eventually come to an end. Our civilization rose thanks to cheap abundant energy,trapped under the ground and created over millions of years, but this trapped energy source will run out at some point and therein lies our problem: we became dependent on a finite resource. Our modern way of life and our modern cities are dependent and accustomed to cheap fossil fuels, mainly petroleum. But the very things that gave humanity the chance to thrive and grow at an extraordinary rate are now the very same things which are destroying us. The foundations to our world are built on sand and unless we rebuild and reshape our structures our world will be folded back into the sand.

Changing Our Global System from Unsustainable To Sustainable

We are slowly making the planet a place inhabitable for humanity and if we continue with the toxification of our world we will leave behind a planet inhabited by cockroaches, microbes and bacteria. Earth and life will continue on but humanity will be forced to drop out of the race of life joining the rest of the species who have gone extinct.  We’ve made it so far and we could go so much further, we have so much potential, but we are squandering it all because of greed, the lust for power, and false ideas of progress. Those in power, blinded by their might, are hell-bent on destroying the ecosystem which sustains us. It’s hard to accept these harsh realities, like Chris Hedges said, “To emotionally accept impending disaster, to attain the gut-level understanding that the power elite will not respond rationally to the devastation of the ecosystem, is as difficult to accept as our own mortality. The most daunting existential struggle of our time is to ingest this awful truth—intellectually and emotionally—and continue to resist the forces that are destroying us”. A gradual change of our ways will surely be better than to crash head-on against the impending doom which lurks over the horizon. I don’t want to live in a world filled with violence and oppression as the powerful fight to secure resources and their wellbeing at the expense of everyone else’s.

We the people are the only ones who can fix this planet out of whack yet most of us could care less about the state of the environment. I understand that most of us are busy with the daily grind of life but we will have to face this problem regardless if we care about it, or know about it. We will not be able to ignore it for much longer and those who don’t care today will be forced to care at some point in the not-so-distant future as the freak weather patterns, the powerful storms, the earthquakes, the floods, the droughts, and the chaos keeps mounting higher and higher. We need to understand that we are fighting for our very survival and we need to wake up and fight before it is too late, no one is exempt form this struggle and we will all have to face the consequences. Sadly some people need to get punched in the face in order to know they are in a fight. I hate to be the one that paints the grim picture, but things are not okay and they will continue to get worse if we fail to act. Our consumption levels keep rising, CO2 levels keep rising, temperatures keep rising. Our crisis is not only environmental, it is also political, economic, spiritual, and as these crisis converge the outcome could be a world totally out of control. It’s the disenfranchised, the poor, the weak, who will first suffer the consequences of a world gone awry but we will all eventually succumb to despair, for all of our grievances are connected. We are truly one species and any injustice, famine, poverty or death, chips away at our humanity and we all suffer the consequences. what will it take to wake us up? Humanity is headed straight over a cliff and instead of changing our course we have accelerated towards it, we continue to fuel our own demise. Why can’t we see the suicidal path we are on? Where do we draw the line and say enough? We can’t afford to keep applying quick fixes. Rather than addressing the symptoms which arise we need to address the real underlaying issues and attempt to eradicate the problem at its source. We need substantial, transformative, systemic changes.

“Up to now, much of the debate over the environment has had the character of monkey chatter amongst the withering leaves of a dying tree–the leaves representing specific, isolated problems… very few of us have been paying attention to the environment’s trunk and branches. They are deteriorating as a result of processes about which there is little or no controversy; and the thousands of individual problems that are the subject of so much debate are, in fact, manifestations of systemic errors that are undermining the foundations of society.”

-Karl-Henrik Robert

Other Thoughts

I don’t think over-population is our major threat but rather the wastes and inefficiencies within our systems. There is enough for everyone on this planet and enough is plenty, like Gandhi said, “the world has enough for everyone’s needs, but not enough for everyone’s greed.” We live in a finite planet, and we have to learn to live within the limits of our world. We are not wiser than nature, and no new technology will save us or grant us free and unlimited energy, that’s not how the Universe works, there is no such thing as a free lunch. I don’t think the answer lies in space either, no matter how much faith you have on astronauts and space colonization, we have an intricate relationship with this one precious blue marble and we need to take care of it. We need to build a unified planet and the Internet gives me hope that a truly global community is attainable.

But in our race to globalize we lost touch with the local community. We need to find ways to organize ourselves more efficiently by reaping the benefits of a globalized world but also developing locally. Like Bill McKibben explained, “Local economies would demand fewer resources and cause less ecological disruption; they would be better able to weather coming shocks; they would allow us to find a better balance between the individual and the community, and hence find extra satisfaction.” By going local we could better provide clean food and water, community and a sense of belonging, education, and most importantly connection and love. I think survival for the Human species lies in small-scale self sustainable communities, but that doesn’t mean we have to live isolated and alone like in the past. We can all be connected through the internet to a globalized world where we could travel and visit other communities freely. It’s still possible to dream.

Like i’ve discussed in other posts, we all can do something to alleviate this problem: We need to learn to Live Simply so that others can Simply live. Our insane levels of consumption are destroying us, they are both environmentally and socially damaging and better lives and a better environment can be found by reducing consumption.

We need to recognize the planet as a living biological entity which provides our nourishment and sustains our health then build a new relationship with its living, breathing, creation system. We need to return to nature. We need to return to the sacred.

“As scientists, many of us have had profound experiences of awe and reverence before the universe. We understand that what is regarded as sacred is more likely to be treated with care and respect. Our planetary home should be so regarded. Efforts to safeguard and cherish the environment need to be infused with a vision of the sacred.”

-Union of Concerned Scientists,

Preserving and Cherishing the Earth: An Appeal for Joint Commitment in Science and Religion