We are one with earth and not separate from it. It took me a while to get around this statement, understand it, and live it. I can imagine you are now struggling with it. No?
Over the years, we have been furthering the disconnect. Between us- the people and the environment around us. Working very hard to forget about our oneness. Blinded by worldly distractions. We often think we live separate from the earth. Many then go a further step to misuse resources and pollute earth without a care that we need it to exist.
“We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.” Barbara Ward
There have been countless campaigns about saving and conserving the environment. And there will be many more warnings of imminent dangers caused by our actions. Potential ice melt in the poles, thinning of the ozone layer, or increase in carbon footprint. There is a reason the campaigns do not work as well as expected. Why we – ‘most people’ do not stop with the actions that contribute to these dangers. The reason is they say that these effects will be severe some years in the future. Since flash floods, and daily wildfires are not an immediate problem right now. We shrug off the warnings. We do not heed to the advice given, caring less about the future generations. It is a sad reality. Shows how much further we have distanced ourselves from the environment and ourselves. In a way, this is getting lost.
If you think about how much of a connection exists between every individual and the earth. You will get surprised. If you are in a house right now, do you know that everything around you is an extension of the earth? From the walls of the house to the furniture, clothes, electronics, and utensils. Same case if you are outside. The cars, planes, satellites, and buildings are all extensions of the earth. Raw materials used to build, manufacture, and create things are extracts of the earth. So, everything around you is earth. All your comforts in commodities around your home. From your bed to clothing. Conveniences outside such as bridges and railroads, all made of earth extracts.
They say that we should conserve the environment to save the planet earth. True but, we should preserve the environment to save the future species living on it. Earth is straining from the pressure we are exerting. From the over-exploitation of resources to many forms of pollution. However, it is not earth that is in danger, but the species on it. Earth will always find a way to reset and survive even longer.
“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
Another example of our connection to earth is our bodies. When we are born, we are usually small in size, a few pounds. But as we age, we grow big. To grow, we need food. The food we eat is grown on earth using the soil and water for nourishment, sun for energy. One would argue by eating food that we are consuming earth in plant form. There is more to this, but I hope it somehow paints the picture. Your body is a piece of planet earth.
While on this earth, we are bound by specific laws that cannot be ignored, such as gravity and cause and effect. They help in the coexistence between life and sources that enhance it. Living in acceptance of the laws allows for less resistance and more harmony. It would be a magical planet if we all lived in oneness, peace, and love. Preserve our environment and life on earth.
“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature must not be broken.” Leo Tolstoy