Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Destroying the Ecosystem

The 11th Hour is a documentary from Leonardo DiCaprio about the state of humanity and the world. Co-directors Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners conduct interviews with some of the world's leading scientists and creative thinkers in a film that asks whether or not it's too late to avoid the ecological disaster that looms ominously on the horizon.
In addition to exploring how the human race has arrived at this crucial point in history, conversations with 50 leading thinkers, scientists, and leaders including former Soviet prime minister Mikhail Gorbachev, world-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, and sustainable design experts Bruce Mau and William McDonough to find out just what humankind can do about the most pressing issues of our time.

Homo sapiens Sapiens is an incredibly young species. We came very late in the calendar year of the Earth. The Earth calendar started January 1 and now we're Dec 31st. We got here 15 minutes before midnight on Dec 31st and all of recorded history as gone by in the past 60 seconds.

There is a fundamental illusion in the world that someone we are separate from nature. The reality is that we are part of nature, in fact, we are nature. This is the fundamental misunderstanding in the world that is causing so much havoc. Our culture is built on the assumption that we are the superior life form on Earth; that we are separate from all other life forms; that we've been given dominion over all other life forms. Even to think that we are separated from nature is a thinking disorder. You can't be separated
from nature, why we think that way is what's interesting. What happens in the mind that likes to think it's separated from nature? We are living in total disharmony with the planet. We're exploring space, which is a good thing, but our explorations do not affect our attitudes. Attitudes that are based on selfishness, the economic situation, and politics. How many governments in the world have taken the environmental crisis for what it is? Very few, and certainly not the United States.

We live in a human created environment where it's very easy to think we are different from other creatures. We're smart, we create our own habitat, we don't need nature, it's the economy that's most important. In focusing in on the economy we have forgotten ancient truths; ancient wisdom's that kept us plugged into nature and understanding that if we do something to offend the natural world, we're going to pay a price for that. We have to treat nature much more gently. This is the lesson we have forgotten and we're dealing with the consequences today.