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The funny thing about humanity is our desire to preserve our life at the expense of our planet. Even though we acknowledge that the preservation of our planet is a vital component in the preservation of ourselves, we do very little about it. We simply hope that our planet can continue to suffer without any consequence to us until we die. Then, it’ll be someone else’s problem.
We see people who are willing to destroy the important (and beautiful) homes of the other species in the world just to accumulate more oil to fuel our need for excessiveness. We have reached a point where forests, oceans and mountains are no longer seen for what they are but the monetary value they can generate.
However valuing our resources solely on its monetary value is a fallacy. Because then there is an assumption that if something was to go wrong, money would be able to fix it. This degree of separation from the actual consequence forces us to believe that with enough money and the proper technology, we can clean up an oil spill should another one happen. We think that we can create new habitats for animals on the verge of extinction and even bring back the animals that have long been extinct. But the most delusional logic of them all; the idea that with money and technological progress we can work towards a world where we
can in fact bring the coral reef back to life and make the world green again.
The question is. Are we willing to leave it up to chance? I don’t doubt the possibility of money being able to solve the problems of an ailing world. What I doubt is the willingness of people to do so when it actually becomes possible. Because it is human nature to assume that when we have the power to do so, we also have the luxury of time to use it.
Do we not see animals covered in oil as a serious enough problem? Are we no longer willing to consider settling for what we have now? Is it not possible to share our excesses with the people who need it so we can all live comfortably? Do we really need more progress?
Or can just stop and enjoy what we have so that the other species that inhabit the earth can do the same.
Can our world just be green now? I don’t think we should make her to wait.
The earth is estimated to be around 4.54 billion years old. Our first human ancestors on the other hand, came into existence approximately 1.8 millions years ago. Which means, if 4.54 billion years were compressed into an hour, our human ancestors would only make up 1.2 seconds. And if we were to make it more relevant to us, the modern man would only make up 0.1 seconds!
Hard to believe isn’t it?
And within these 0.1 seconds, we’ve managed to develop so much. The human race discovered how to fly, talk to someone immediately even if they were a million miles away, find any information at the press of a button, and we’ve even figured out how to prevent unwanted pregnancies while still having all the sex we want. Not only has the human race reached for the stars, we’ve grabbed it and crushed it. There isn’t anything we can’t do. All we need is time.
Oh yes, time. Maybe the one thing we keep forgetting about in this equation. Because for all the progress we’ve made, we’ve neglected to consider the impact it would have on time. It seems as if with each, new advancement in human life, we’re willing to destroy the earth just a little bit; thus limiting the time humans have on this earth even more.
In 0.1 seconds out of 24 hours, we were – and still are – able to destroy more of the earth than the other 23.59.9 hours.
I am grateful for the progress we’ve made. But are we actually going in the right direction? Have we reached this stage in humanity where progress is an entitlement and no longer a privilege? That somehow, human comfort takes precedence, and whatever needs to be done to achieve it is the new status quo?
When global warming wasn’t an issue in the early years, progress at the expense of the rest of the living things was not a problem. Now when we’ve realized it would affect our livelihood, we pay attention to it. Clearly nothing else on this earth matters, except for us.
Perhaps its worth rethinking the legacy we want to leave behind in this 0.1 seconds. Who knows, maybe we’ll eventually make it up to 0.2 seconds.
By: Gabriella Morrison