Thursday, July 23, 2009
Lately I've been contemplating the impact of humanity on nature and the planet at large. It seems so arrogant of us to have build "indestructible" monuments and to have domesticated and bred animals to our whims. To have taken relentlessly from the earth, and shamed those who harvested sparingly and responsibly. Shamed and slaughtered and confined them. Especially living in America- though the area I reside in and have explored is only a modicum of the vast geography of this country- it is clear that the "great" society we have built is built on cracked foundations. On servitude and valour. On genocide and liberty. We have constructed social conventions in reaction to change. Stigmas have emerged in reaction to the shame and guilt we feel as a result of those social conventions. In this way humanity has had an immense impact on nature, as well as on nurture. Utopia seems an impossibility. Once the human element is added, chaos takes hold. On paper and in the minds of great philosophers there is perfection and peace, but in society it seems improbable. I wonder what would happen if there was no society. No humanity. No humans. What would become of the world? I suspect it would continue much as it did before our ingenuity and curiosity made it what it has become today. Our architecture would crumble, our infrastructure would collapse, cities would be reclaimed by nature. Our arrogance would be washed away by water and wind. We are not indestructible. Nature often revolts against our innovation. Hurricanes and earthquakes, changing climate, rapid evolution. Humanity for the most part is carelessly upsetting a delicate balance, not only within itself but upon the nature that has allowed it to thrive.