I finally snapped and responded to someone on social media who espoused a notion that all Pagan’s must care for the Earth. My thoughts on the topic are clear — caring for the Earth is only possible if we face the hard truth and its consequences for humanity. Such also places an unnecessary level of emphasis upon the manifest existence upon Earth, one only necessary where the binds to the manifestation of wealth etc. are strong and one is not free from the ties of the manifest human form. Here is the response I posted:
Let’s take a look at how we should protect the Earth. The Earth goes through natural cycles as evident from the fossil record, with mass extinctions occurring relatively regularly. Only last year did scientists announce the effective commencement of the sixth mass extinction event — with humans identified as the major cause (no asteroid this time!). Charles Darwin had a major insight into life on the planet: “it is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change”. We may take from this notion that those species able to adapt to their climate changes are the evolutionary pre-disposed adaptors, thus they historically survive where other species face extinction. We may then surmise that the threatened extinction of many species is as a result of their inability to adapt; why campaign to save a Panda which has limited its own environment and food sources and failed to adapt? Such an act would be to interfere with nature surely?
Now, lets return to the impact of homo-sapiens. Over the last 80,000 years or so, homo-sapiens have evolved to become the dominant species and predator on Earth. With the advent of agriculture some 13,000 years or so ago, we ceased to be reliant upon the nomadic tracking of herds and prey and laid the foundations of civilisation. Let’s forget about histori-heretical ideas such as the discovery of a 180,000 cave-temple structure of Neanderthal tribe or the evidence towards the age of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid at Giza possibly being 800,000 years in age — the brevity required of FB places such outside the scope of this post. The population of homo-sapiens on this planet exploded with the Industrial Revolution with no more than a billion people alive at any point up until around 1800. We then see advances in agriculture, industry, commerce and healthcare that extend the life of man, increase the wealth and availability of food and keeps disease at bay — in short, we gained the ability to breed more and live longer. The net effect of such is that our demand for resources rapidly increased. By the end of the 1960’s we had increased to over 5bn in number, and now are at around 7 bn.
Never before have we placed such a strain upon the Earth to feed, shelter and provide for our needs; ever increasingly resource demanding needs for an increasing population. Sustainability is ‘the’ challenge of our times. If, only ‘if’, we succeed — then our age may well be known as the ‘sustainability revolution’. If we fail, then there may be no history to record such a failure. The uncomfortable truth, so readily ignored by many environmental campaigners, is that we cannot continue as a species in the manner to which we have become accustomed. We simply cannot continue to breed at the same rate, to pursue longer life and to demand more. At present, homo-sapiens are a disease — we consume and breed without any thought to the impact upon our host, or the inevitable demise of the species when our host dies. It is time for an evolution. Homo-sapiens must become an enlightened parasite, realising that we live off our host, yet that we are dependant upon our host for our own existence. We must ‘live off’ our host, whilst also ensuring the longevity of that host. In order to do so, we must also cease attempting to save everyone and everything. The ultimate conclusion of all environmental sustainability is the eradication of homo-sapiens. We must evolve or face our own demise in the sixth mass extinction.