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Dr. Fritjof Capra told us in his book The Web of Life our global crisis is a crisis of perception. I would like to build on that brilliant conclusion. Our consumption driven social and economic system dis-empower us by creating a warped perception of scarcity where we are led to believe we never have enough and we are never enough. We are not wealthy enough, not good looking enough (not enough boobs, butt or muscles), not successful enough, not courageous or free enough.

Global capitalism creates an illusion of inner vacuum which can never be filled. It was an amazing economic breakthrough, a Perpetual Motion Machine for the market moved by the ever thirsting egos of billions of consumers; an inexhaustible voltage of wants; an unbridgeable gap between we are and where must be. Most if not everyone who will read these lines can relate to the compulsive search to fill the vacuum we fill in our guts when we count the hours to complete our work day to the frantic weekend.

We try to fill this undeniable vacuum with that new car, next vacation, new extreme adventure, our dream home, possibly that new romantic partner or the marriage that will follow. Perhaps we will fill the vacuum when have our first born? Or will it be when we retire and we have more time to indulge in many more of these diversions.

Materialism and capitalism despite the progress and the quality of life that have brought to humankind, have also come at a very high toll: the disintegration of the world inside and outside of us from the processing and fragmentation of our food to the fragmentation of our psychology. All life on Earth including our very own species is was conceived and developed in a cradle of unlimited relationships, most of them synergistic. In fact if you want to look beyond the laws of biology and ecology, you can ask a physicist what is the essence of the universe. He or she will respond with more or less mathematical detail it is a dynamic flow of relationships.

Such notion of reality is in complete opposition to the ever fragmenting world the Cartesian-Newtonian materialism we are still abiding by. The compulsive categorization and break down of reality driven by such paradigm has divided the world into more and smaller compartments. Such event has literally fragmented the notion of our universe and our very selves. It is this culturally imposed sense of separation that has created countless disconnections between our believes, knowledge, emotions, our bodies, our fellow human beings, our sister life forms and the rest of the planet outside the lonesome voice of our ego, all of which used to be seamlessly connected sometime before we started looking at the world as a machine, and by default at ourselves.

Life is very complex and theories come and go but I am completely certain our prevalent profit and control driven notion of reality is fundamentally false. It is a psychological program designed to enslave us all. The future of humanity if it has one, is to overcome the current perception of ourselves and the world in which we have been imprisoned.

I highly recommend this article from Resurgence and Ecologist magazine. It offers a great insight on this topic.

The wolf of wall street

Image source: ‘Why Do We Like to Watch Rich People on TV and in the Movies?’

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I do not know how much I would pay or what I would do for an event of such transcendence. The fact is I would not be surprised if someone had already developed a technology not just to communicate with but to actually speak to our intelligent cousins. It is suspected these relatives are not necessarily less smart than we are. They just have not had the chance yet to exploit their intelligence as we humans have, but do not assume their moment will not come.

Despite our arrogant sense of human supremacy and progress we have become dumb enough to believe the future of human evolution is the so called Singularity, a separation from Nature and our very own humanity where we are destined to become immortal Techno Gods as we upload our mind and soul to a supercomputer.

I on the other hand envision a somewhat distant future where man will have evolved enough to finally address non-human intelligent earthlings as equal citizens of planet Earth. I imagine a world where ironically the non-humans will return to us the humanity we lost in our primitive pursuit of material progress; where enlightened wild life will teach us a new way to reconnect with Nature which will inevitably bring new way social order.

Maybe we will have to wait until such time before we can understand the TRUE MEANING of DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, GLOBAL SOCIAL JUSTICE and SUSTAINABILITY. Call me a dreamer. I love it when you do that.

Sperm-whale-pod-2

Source: Scitable by Nature Education

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UNLIKE THE TRANS-HUMANISTS, I CANNOT IMAGINE THE FUTURE OF THE HUMAN RACE BEING REDUCED TO BECOMING CYBORGS AND ACHIEVING IMMORTALITY BY UPLOADING OUR MIND (AND SOUL) TO A COMPUTER. I DO NOT WANT TO IMAGINE SUCH NIGHTMARISH SCENARIO. I BELIEVE OUR DESTINY IS TO RE-INTEGRATE OURSELVES IN NATURE USING THE PRINCIPLES OF LIFE, BIO-CENTERED HUMAN VALUES AND OUR MIGHTY CREATIVITY AND TECHNOLOGY. THE FUTURE OF THE HUMAN SPECIES WILL REQUIRE US TO WIRE WITH THE BIOSPHERE, LEARNING TO COMMUNICATE, COLLABORATE AND EVEN HAVE CULTURAL EXCHANGES WITH OTHER INTELLIGENT SPECIES ON EARTH. RESEARCH  AT INSTITUTIONS LIKE GOOGLE ARE ALREADY LAYING THE GROUND FOR THIS FASCINATING FUTURE

Google X

An underwater keyboard at Epcot Center, shown at TED by dolphin researcher Denise Herzing
Source: Walt Disney World Company

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I can advocate for deep ecology describing concepts and making arguments that would fill out books, but until you have experienced Nature itself; until you have been in its presence and at its mercy, you will not understand the concept of deep ecology. It is a word-less, non-rational, emotional and some would call it spiritual experience. I have been fortunate enough to enjoy such experience quite often in my life. This video is an attempt to transmit as much of an actual experience I had in Grand Canyon as technology permits without the risk of spoiling the experience with words.

I recommend you complement your study, intellectual discussions and projects regarding ecology and environmentalism connecting with the natural world without words, without thoughts or intentions. Just let Nature surround you and see what happens.

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