Posted: 12/8/2021 6:00:44 AM
Modified: 08/12/2021 06h00: 16 AM
As I drove north to Hanover the morning before Thanksgiving, I saw the moon set over a brilliant, crystal-clear blue sky. The view was so beautiful and unexpected. It filled me with gratitude for the gifts the natural world gives us for the simple fact of being alive.
The experience reminded me that everything inhabiting Earth – on it, above, within – is alive, or once was. How strange is it, then, that although we consider different parts of the Earth to be alive, we still consider the Earth itself to be a dead rock? How else could we treat him with such contempt?
Scientists recently discovered that lobsters and octopus have feelings. Uh! If they had watched the wonderful documentary My Octopus Teacher, the intelligence of these creatures would never have been questioned.
When I was young, I went fishing for the first and last time. I hesitated to put a worm on the hook. I was told that worms have no feelings. I was told the same thing about the fish, that they don’t feel pain because of the hook. I knew these were lies, just as science has now proven that plants and trees have their own intelligence.
Scientists have shown that everything has its own vibrational life force, including rocks and minerals. Each part of the living world has its own role to play in the balance of the whole. Like our own bodies, the complex conception of Earth is magical in its diversity, complexity and beauty.
Those who plunder the Earth for short-term profit want us to believe that with the exception of humans and our pets, other life forms are disposable and are here for our use, even to the point of extinction. . They want us to believe that everything is fine, because these life forms have no intelligence or feelings. This is another of the big lies and an underlying cause of global warming.
When we collectively understand that all things have a life force and a role to play in our world, our focus will shift from rampant consumption and destruction to balance and sustainability. We will assume our primary role as stewards of each other and the amazing planet we are fortunate to occupy.
We would stop poisoning the place where we live, clear cutting, surface mining and hydraulic fracturing. When we understand that all parts of the Earth are alive, we will stop removing its minerals for no reason. They’re in the ground for a reason and could be an integral part of the proper functioning of the larger ecosystem, just as rainforests are not just trees, but the lungs of the Earth.
In 1972, chemist James Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis proposed that “all organisms and their inorganic environment on Earth are tightly integrated to form a single, complex, self-regulating system, maintaining the conditions for life on the planet. Gaia’s theory postulates that the Earth is a complex system involving the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and pedosphere, tightly coupled as an evolutionary system.
If all life forms play a cooperative role on the web, is it unrealistic to believe that the Earth itself is alive and intelligent? Is it reasonable to think otherwise?
Indigenous peoples understand their connection to the natural world and live in harmony with it. We have a lot to learn from them. Instead, we label them as “primitive” to justify the destruction of their way of life. We separate them on reserves because their beliefs threaten the consumerist and industrial paradigm.
For me, it is no exaggeration to believe that the Earth is intelligent. I find it hard to understand why so many people think otherwise. From this perspective, it’s no surprise that Earth is adjusting to what it sees as a full-fledged attack on a diseased organism – mankind. The evolving COVID pandemic, raging forest fires, droughts, sea level rise, more hurricanes and tornadoes are ways Earth is defending itself, attempting to restore l balance of its systems.
It is shameful that we are in this position. Our behavior got us to this point. The way out of our dilemma is to honor the Earth and all the life forms it supports. Otherwise, we might end up living on a dead rock after all.
(Sol Solomon lives in Sutton.)