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“One goes to a work of art a little bit more opened and also the interaction is one of immersion. For a while there you are living other people’s lives and you are paying attention to it with an empathy. Especially with books you have to imagine it yourself and you imagine what was it like to be in the Napoleonic wars and what did it feel like? Not the facts but the feeling. So it’s a very emotional business and once you get to the emotional level, you begin to process in a different level than when you are reading the news in a more cognitive sense.” (Kim Stanley Robinson)
Devouring the planet

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I could not help going back to the time when this surreal landscape was inhabited

Of the many ideas I have had to create sustainability, there is one that keeps me particularly fascinated. It occurred to me while hiking in the stunning rocks shown in the photo. I was rock hoping in Red Rock Canyon when I found this beautiful cave which could have well been somebody’s living room ten centuries ago. It made reconsider how sterile and separated from nature our working spaces are. I could not resist the idea of someday bringing my office to a place like this. As bold and enticing the thought was the environmentalist in me could not even contemplate the idea of allowing me to invade such a pristine and protected environment.

So if I could not bring my working space to this natural surrounding maybe I could take the reverse action and get a similar result. That led me to an even wilder idea. I seriously contemplated bringing this landscape to our work space, our living space, and our overall human infrastructure. I know it is mind boggling but please stay with me.

This is a wild ride. It’s a sci-fi film where humans would stop conquering Nature and for the first time, the conquered would be become the conqueror. Of course Nature will conquer our environment if we stop containing it. We can see that when stop maintaining a lawn. It’s a matter of time before a prairie settles in. Unfortunately Nature takes much longer than us to take a territory. And that is why I am toying with the idea of accelerating this reclaiming of territory by Nature with our assistance. The very power we have used to take land, water and other natural resources from the wild could be used to help her recover it.

I cannot think of a deeper way to reconcile our broken relationship with Nature; to redeem ourselves from the damage and the pain we have caused to the wild; to restore our lost connection to the land than to allowing Nature to invade our socio-technical environment. Imagine waking up to the song of tropical birds, rock climbing to the water fountain, watching tree tops in your commute to work and falling asleep to the sound of a cascade. Hold on! This is not a vacation in Costa Rica. This is a work day in your city of residence in a not too distant future.

If you are bold enough to believe this wild dream can be designed into reality, I encourage you to read future posts. I am looking for examples of this bold concept already developed.

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There is a pressing need to expand the concept of democracy and social justice at the truly global level, that is, to the rest of the planet. Doing so means bringing those principles beyond the human realm.

We need to extend integrity, truth and justice to the rest of the biosphere. We need to expand the Bill of Rights to the non-human world, to our cousin species whose voice we ignore or fail to hear because they cannot talk. We need an Amnesty International to call out the horrible suffering and injustice we humans inflict on other life forms for reasons as frivolous as shear profit.

We must overcome our dangerous but unsuspected human prejudice, the premise we are the apex of creation and subsequently we have the right to cause unaccounted and limitless harm to other life forms risking our very life-sustaining system, just to satisfy our needs, desires and addictions.

There will come a point not far in the future where we will be forced to understand we are just one more element of the natural ecosystem with no special rights or privileges over the rest of our fellow non-human earthlings. A brand new type of humility will need to be born at the individual and collective level if we ever decide to do justice for and live in integrity with ‘everyone else’ in this planet. The unsustainable human prejudice mentioned here has a root cause and a solution. I will be writing more about it in this forum provided the level of interest this specific audience shows.

Cows suffering a confined-animal-feeding-operation in a factory farm in the U.S.

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