The earth existed 4 billion years ago. We homo sapiens came into existence only around 200 thousand years. But with the unbridled quest for more things in life to satisfy more selfish comfort zones, we have seriously altered the natural life-giving rhythm of the earth that resulted to disturbance, destruction and depletion of what has been naturally and perfectly established.
Local and global trends are very alarming. Deforestation continues unabated. The quality of air we breath is declining each day. Fish catch from the seas is decreasing due to continuous harvesting of marine resources to feed expanding population. Fossil fuels are constantly pumped out to cater industrial modernization and civilization's insatiable needs. Rivers and lakes are dying up due to perennial neglect. Mountains are constantly desecrated. Everything on earth that looks useful, valuable and desirable are continuously explored, extracted and feasted to the point of extinction.
Let us be mindful that all things on earth are interconnected. There is a chain of life that connects us all. The intricate, diverse and delicate interconnection of all living and non-living things must be treated with reverence. Resources like water, air, forests, oceans, mountains, rivers, lakes and other gifts of nature have to be used and managed as part of an unbreakable cycle of life. Their interdependence from each other must be constantly preserved and maintained with full respect before its too late. But the stability of this interdependence is only as strong as its weak link. With man's folly, I am afraid we homo sapiens are becoming the weakest link.
Is there a way out from this never-ending rape of the earth's resource? Only we homo sapiens can provide the final answer.
Despite doomsayer's bleak scenario of the future, I still believe (but sometimes I have to admit that my faith dwindles when I see the local scenario) that there is still a way out. At the back of one's selfishness (which could be an offshoot of self-preservation and the natural instinct for survival) lies an innate selflessness for the general welfare. There still lives within the core of our humanity a strong sense of goodness. The dramatic and dynamic evolution of homo sapiens' search for meaning and purpose of existence gives hope for awakening and conversion. There is now an unfolding of ideas, technology and perspective that can provide the needed momentum to reverse the critical trend against mother earth. Green and clean technology for renewable energy is coming up. Social corporate responsibility is gaining strength in the way companies are running their affairs. Beliefs and values on sustainable community development and effective environmental protection are advancing on various fronts as central operational component. Many private and public institutions are now putting high premium within their system of the importance of integrity, accountability and efficiency in macro-level decision-making. A growing consciousness of the lasting benefits of living simply without compromising the fragile resources of nature is gaining ground in various centers of influence. All these are inspiring signs that there is still chance for this world to be healed from the long neglect and too much abuse that homo sapiens have inflicted.
As long as we can find wisdom in every raindrop and leaf, can see the magical cadence of rushing ocean waves, can feel the miracle of flowing mountain springs and can understand the divine colors and sounds of changing seasons, I will always have reasons to cling to my flickering belief that we homo sapiens can still make this earth our eternal home.