The Earth as a human being
People are worried about climate change. Increasing temperature causes the polar ice to melt and sea level to rise. Before long, many cities will live with the fishes. (Mermaids will become the inevitable evolutionary fate of human beings - but maybe I'm watching too many sci-fi movies).
The Earth is not very different from a human being - or any animals. We have fever not because our body just likes to heat up at times; fever is to kill bacteria and viruses that can't survive under high temperature. That's why we shouldn't cure fever immediately when we have it. Doing that will only solve the symptom, not the root cause, because the bacteria and viruses are still there. We should endure the fever for some time and get rid of whatever viruses or bacteria infecting our body, then the fever will automatically subside. Only when the fever becomes life-threatening, then we must find ways to cool our body down.
The Earth is the same. She has heartbeats, those are the seasons coming and going. She has blood flows, those are the wind currents, the sea currents that shape the weather. She has body temperature. Her head and feet are colder, her belly is warmer.
She is getting warmer because she's having a fever, to kill all the "bacteria" and "viruses" that are killing her. Those invading parasites spread out very quickly, consume the whole body, and even transfer to another body once there's contact and possibility.
Sounds familiar? Human beings are not different from "bacteria" and "viruses" to the Earth. Our population increases exponentially. We dig in and spread out unstoppably. We even try to colonize other planets.
While we always want to keep us healthy and keep our body free from those parasites, the Earth is trying to do the same, to eliminate us.
We can't and shouldn't do anything to prevent climate change. Because we are the viruses that make the Earth heat up with the fervent attempt to eliminate the root cause. The viruses themselves can never reverse the effects they create.
What does it mean? Just let Nature take her course, while we - the parasitic human beings - stop destroying her. There are two mindsets we must change now, I think.
We must stop thinking that we're a species living ON Earth, because that mindset will still separate us from the Earth and prove more strongly that we're still those parasites. We must think that we're living AS ONE part of this Earth, we're in harmony with this Earth, whatever harm we do to the Earth or to others is just like we're trying to harm our own limbs. If we don't protect this harmony, one day, the limb will have to be amputated to make sure the body can function well. And guess what? The Earth is not afraid of amputating us away to keep her body function well.
We must stop thinking that everything is getting worse. The news and articles keep on portraying a poor image of environmental disruptions and natural resource depletion. But there are good stories too, of how the Earth has changed for the better, of how we are getting better. The news doesn't care about how Japan has reduced power consumption tremendously after the 2011 tsunami, about the reducing population growth rate, about the deeper connection of the newer generation to the Earth, about the increasing awareness of meaning and purpose. Once we see that things are improving, we will see our part in improving things.
Scientists have identified human beings as a virus destroying the Earth, and we are doing exactly what we are defined. We are born, we take, we rob without asking the Earth for permission to take, yet she is always generous to offer us what she has kept safe within her for a long long time. We only keep to ourselves, and we die in selfishness. But, is that definition always true? Is it true that we are born only to take but not to give? Is it true that our purpose of existence is that terrible and boring? Is it true that our lives must have some other purpose too? This life is not only long, but it is also deep. Let's truly think about these questions!