I struggled for a while thinking of a title for this post. And I’m not happy with the current one either. But it’ll do.
I’m, by no stretch of the imagination, an environmentalist. Previously, I couldn’t have cared less for the planet and I probably still don’t care much. What I care more about is the preservation of humankind as a species.
It’s pretty obvious that what we’re doing to the planet cannot be sustained for much longer. I don’t think humans will evolve quick enough to deal with increased hostility from mother nature as a result from global warming. And this basically means, the planet will become inhospitable to us sooner rather than later causing a mass extinction.
I think the reason no one cares is because it probably won’t happen in our lifetime. Yeah, it’ll get worse and maybe much worse for our children or their children. But nothing really terrible is likely going to happen any time soon. Why should we care if we’re going to die before anything bad happens?
Previously, this was my logic when it came to the topic of global warming. It wasn’t going to affect me in my lifetime and when I’m dead, I won’t be able to feel the guilt which may come from bestowing a bad set of circumstances on those who inhabit Earth after me. This is a completely reasonable explanation. But it’s seriously flawed.
Pretty much all of my posts to date have had some relevance to the continuum of life, death, and rebirth. I mentioned not long ago that studying the relationship between life and death instead of avoiding the topic of death, could very well hold the answers as to how we should live our lives. This is both applicable individually but also on a collective level culturally.
As a matter of urgency, we must instill within popular culture the belief that once we die, our sense of ego or oneness as a single entity dissipates but, at the same time, a new consciousness comes into being through the process of childbirth. The sooner this happens, the sooner we will understand that we do have a first-hand permanence extending past the duration of a single lifetime. I explain this a little better in my post, You are The Universe.
This is relevant because it means on a linear scale, we will experience consciousness “after” the death of our current body or current vessel for consciousness. If anyone at all is alive during the time period whereby global warming causes a slow and torturous extinction of humankind, then you experience this terror first-hand. Consciousness is always a first-hand experience. I suspect consciousness doesn’t operate on a plane that we can currently understand fully. And I firmly believe it does not discriminate between entities in a way we can comprehend.
This means we have to care about the longevity of the planet, even from a selfish perspective. We’re not doing it so that others won’t feel pain, we’re doing it so that we don’t feel pain.
Let’s imagine that the planet is currently in such a state that if you walk outside into the sun, you’ll suffer first degree burns in a matter of moments. Next week it might be so bad that we all begin to boil to death like lobsters in a pot. If this was our present reality, or even if we knew as a matter of certainty that it would be our future (say in ten years from now), we’d scout out our finest intellectuals and governments would shovel an unlimited line of funding at the problem as a matter of not just national security but literally for the love of mankind. That’s urgency.
With global warming, cure or reversal is very difficult and potentially impossible. Prevention is the only real solution. I predict our society will approach the issue much like a high school student approaches an English assignment. It’s not due for a while, so I’ll leave it and focus on something else. We end up doing it the night before because that’s when it truly becomes a priority. If we leave global warming to the night before, will it be too late?