If we stop to remember the definition of an organism, we recognize what is meant when people say we are indelibly linked to one another. When we try to grasp the vast concept of Mother Earth as our one, shared ecosystem, we have the vantage point of knowing she provides every possible need for all of her loved ones. That’s what mother earths and father heavens do.
Now, regardless of how much our mother loves us, we are free to choose how we treat her. We can turn to her for comfort and solace. We can draw inspiration – our very breath – from her. We can respect and love her to the moon and back. And, of course, we can rape and pillage her for our living good.
If we’d like to feast and gorge ourselves until she’s been fully gutted, we either will expire – breathe our last – when she expires, or we better have a good exile strategy. For those paving the way to ravage Mars, they’ll be able to leave Earth’s carcass to rot.
Or we can cherish the abundant love and resources Earth freely gives. We can realize she provides for our every need without us ever actually earning even the least of these.
We are free to engage parasitically with Earth without any regard for the toll this takes on our host’s longevity. It does seem rather masochistic, however. You might think sadistic. True. But it’s especially ironic for Life to choose to kill its Living, breathing ecosystem.
Alternately, as sentient flora and fauna on this planet, we can decide to live in mutualistic relationship with our host. Symbiosis has an incomprehensible array of possibilities. Anything from devouring our planetary home for our short-term feasting. To savouring her gifts and taking no more than what we require.
Another choice is ours. As a heather and a hai(3).lian(2), I know my true nature is to be flora of the Earth. Our most immediate past evolution has been as human fauna, and that era is drawing to a close. Animals kill and devour other living things for their own gain. And, for their own loss. If we continue blindly ravaging our abundant Earthly resources, what then? Perhaps we have no need to worry about what our offspring or even further generations will have to live on. That’s very plausible. It’s already that easy to not care what our brothers and sisters in our present global family need now.