I have been considering (for months) the following questions…. “What if we ARE nature?” AND…. “What if we are acting exactly as we are supposed to, as an evolved species? What if there are NO mistakes?” And…. “Where does that leaves us and where can we go from here?”
What if we are ‘wild life’?
What if we are a chosen tool in our planet’s evolution?
What if we are - in equal measure - a destructive and creative force?
Are destruction and creation one and the same? The falling of a tree DOES create a new habitat, there’s just the minutest of breathes in between…. Throughout all of our natural processes, the destruction of one life form is ALWAYS food/fuel for another…
What if humanity represents chaos AND hope, just on a more visible scale than most species across our globe?
Was plastic a mistake? Or was it humanity utilising our evolved intellect to combine elements to create a new form of matter, causing our planet - through necessity - to respond through the birth of a new species (as far as we know) of plastic consuming fungi, Aspergillus tubingensis?
Our human intellect can be both astonishingly optimistic and crushingly catastrophic through our perception of current events. Currently, we seem to be focusing on the negative… Damage we have done, cruelties that we have inflicted…
Our collective state of mind appears to be cementing into one of overwhelm. Common questions are, ”How to force every single human to re-learn our respect for every other species, to live in harmony?” And, “How can we start again?”
But what if we’re just not looking far enough ahead? What if we are - in fact - already on the right track?
What if, in using phrases like “we’re disconnected from nature” and “we’re interfering in nature” we are massively limiting our own capabilities by falling into inaction, exhausted by our own seemingly endless stupidity?
But how arrogant we are, to believe that we have separated ourselves outside of the very processes that have created us? We are born from the earth and plants that feed us, we’re 80% water, our immune systems rely on sunlight and our physical well being is balanced (kept healthy) by access to the natural vibrational frequencies of our planet and yet we say, “We have disconnected from our natural world.”
How can our tiny minds with our limited capabilities (we can view only 0.0035% of the entire electromagnetic spectrum) possibly have outsmarted and separated ourselves from the immensely complex intelligence that has spawn and runs everything, whatever name we have given it, from God to Gaia?
What if ALL that has happened is that we are experiencing a mass misunderstanding of our own place/importance on this planet? What if we are only choosing to see the results of our destructive tendencies instead of our creative purpose? What if plastic WASN’T a mistake? What if it was a step to allow new life - plastic eating fungi??? - to evolve? What if all we need to do is focus ahead on positives that could come from what we have done so far?
More and more I see humanity evolving towards an omnivorian lifestyle. What if we are being set on a deliberate path by whatever vast complex intelligence created us, to allow our continued existence on our planet by encouraging us to harmonise more effectively with our limited resources?
“What if there are no mistakes?”
I really like that question. It inspires hope in me and I find myself asking in response… “Ok, so if there are no mistakes and we were meant to create this matter called ‘plastic’, what are we meant to do with it NOW that could be a positive? What could the next step be? How could it be converted into a valuable resource to aid our planet (and all life on it)?
And what about the great cruelties that we have inflicted on animals, through factory farming and laboratory testing? If that wasn’t a mistake (and yes, I do shudder at that question because my whole body screams that the suffering we have inflicted is unjust and terrible) then what next? What have we learnt from our actions? That cruelty to other species has truly only resulted in our own destruction and the destruction of the land we rely on? That in searching for easy resources and good health, we are a sicker species than ever before, in some cases our minds more shaky and fragile than even the rest of our bodies?
Have we discovered that factory farming causes illness in ourselves due to the massively depleted nutritional value of the lives we consume? That animal testing actually delays medical research because we are too dissimilar in construct to the animals being tested on and that instead there are better/faster ways: ANIMAL FREE RESEARCH? That our health should be prioritised by harmonising (again) with our earth, growing our own food, making space to co-habit with all of life, hunting only for what we need, eliminating our wasteful habits and perhaps returning to a more harmonious relationship with our planet, now more educated and informed than ever on what our dark alternative future could be instead, even more determined to choose a better path?”
I choose to believe that we are a specialised, evolved species, as wondrous as we can be terrible. I cannot say that I understand why we have evolved to commit torture and cruelty but I do hold onto the fact that there’s a growing movement of humans across our planet who are focused and 100% committed to realigning with all life, offering healing, kindness and freedom and holding other species up above us in awe of the beauty of the world around us. Perhaps as a species we had to trigger darkness to further evolve to become a beacon of an even brighter light? What of we are evolving into a new age of kindness, cohabitation and hope? What if we can choose to believe that that’s what we’re doing?
At least in choosing to focus on hope, I find myself active and proactive. I look for opportunities. Where there is destruction there is always a birth of new life, as a fallen tree evolves into a home/habitat and a resource to nourish other species.
Currently I am looking to choose that plastic litter could be converted from a negative to a positive by speaking to plastics companies who already convert waste plastic into new useful products. I am researching the possibility of altering our currently fundamental behaviour of littering to instead repurposing ‘waste products’ by placing them into bins for them to be converted into wildlife-road-crossing tunnels/bridges to help all of our planet’s wildlife more easily co-exist within the infrastructure that we have carved across our earth. Who knows, perhaps in seeing the potential of a current ‘waste’ product we will cease to litter and instead find ourselves inspired to take advantage of new opportunities to nurture the ground we walk…
And of course I am choosing to align those plans with Urban Pocket Wildscaping, to further immerse our wonderful/terrible/complex human species back into lush greenery, where research has proven we thrive best…