|Organelle: We, the Children of a Sentient Planet...|
2 comments18 May 2008 @ 19:06 by Michael Lewis @22.214.171.124 : the planet
I concur with "We the Children of a Sentient Planet...".
I'm 66 and just escaped the flat earth concept. At first, concern was sporadic and limited to visible problems. My father's "Fight Pollution" pin was in a society in which few saw any relationship between pollution and capitalism, chronic war or aggressive industrial development.
Concern for the planet sinks in. It seems rare that a person once convinced of the planet's fragility in the face of the geological-scale travesties inflicted on it ever becomes careless again about that. Sentient planet won't have trouble keeping adherents once it gains their concern.
I studied formal logic. From that view it became clear that even instruments as old as the best Latin, and certainly as Magna Carta and U.S. Constitution are written in far more sophisticated and careful logic than is obvious. That is one reason why they have endured. It will be useful to have some of your more thoroughly studied logicians go through every sentence of your more important documents and be very careful they are exactly what you intend to say. Then they will be treasured for a long time.
Another thing I found the hard way that it won't be sufficiently respected, and will be harshly criticized, if the documents speak for "we" more than once or a very few times. Even so, every statement can be declared soundly and with clearly logical determination.
It will be necessary for newciv.org to criticize the harshly penetrating masculine aggressive Yang capital, military and industrial development of the world, and present the fact that it is already hard-nosing the destiny of the planet far too deeply with its tunnel borers, bombs, drills, spears, weapons, drills, aircraft pitons, and other machines which treat the fragile world with impunity. Yin is only a slight evolutionary retreat from the destruction at tooth and claw to the whiskers on one's nose; distinguish (discriminate or discern) between the desired action and the action to be avoided, and then yield to necessity. The Way of Yielding is well defined in Chinese culture. It is not religious. There are dozens of Ways in that venerable culture. And of course Yin and Yang are balanced and in constant tension.
One result of the heavy aggressive imposition of Yang is that the birds are being poisoned again, and this time it is deforming their beaks. Before pollution, they had found just how hard the world is. But now the desecration
of the chemistry and physics of the environment has fouled their instincts and they cannot know what is truly hurting their beaks, their noses. Again, just like Rachel Carson' described in Silent Spring.
Action is defined almost universally and so worldwide by the action in light. Light's motion is the flow of action. Action is a synthetic measure. It is like a quart of whatever makes light the way it is. Once it was defined (the discovery by Max Planck), it became possible to understand many, many things in the world. The understanding is very dry. Light does not guarantee justice or mercy, nor does it impose cruelty or destruction. It merely is the continual and relentless path of action.
Now the world is understood not only in sunlight and moonlight, but starlight and the light from distant galaxies. The world now adapts constantly to factors it only lurched toward since primordial times. For instance the Sun and Solar System orbit the Galaxy slowly -- once every 220 million years. Sixty five million years ago the big dinosaurs and it is said an asteroid killed them, but sixty five million years ago the Andromeda Galaxy was in exact conjunction with the Galactic Center. Galactic astrology is real. Just now the solar system is in Trine with the Galactic Center and Andromeda.
Activism is inevitably to encounter the difference between natural competition in which organisms go one on one with each other for food and escape. That resulted in a statistical tranquility that was eventually more or less stable, but organisms personally killed other organisms and ate them. Hobbes was right: it is nasty, brutish and short in nature in fact. The human species emerged as monkeys combined smarts with hands and broke rocks, used fire, built good protective shelters in which not only the human beings themselves but their spirits as well could thrive, unifying society, culture and religion. Yet of course humans also learned such capital powers as now threaten to destroy so much of nature that perhaps every large animal will be eaten.
It is vital somehow to learn where that balance emerges in which every capital
activity takes place with intrinsic care for the planet. That never existed before. Whether that is determined in the near future and saves the earth, or not until there are no large animals or beautiful things or large fish or frogs or songbirds, and only after humans have lapsed into such brutes as sharks are, all stomach and no brains, and then dominated by the instincts that do care abou the world, is not clear.
It is certainly possible to describe instincts that care for the planet though it's not clear how to make it the Law of Life for human beings. A Law that can not be avoided. It seems to be incomplete in vegan animals, for although they sometimes devastate crops they also tolerate and get along with other species of vegan animals easily. The necessary eventual instincts are not yet well defined, and even their premises are not fully comprehended. However, sentient beings all seem to respond to the correct scale of, for instance, the size and nature of the world as a planet, and the nature of and distance to the Moon. It takes, and they will advance rapidly then in evolutionary terms.
Imagine a time of stable peaceful tranquil evolutionary existence in the future (after much havoc or not) in which the powers of construction which are known now (and are yet to be discovered) are tamed. This period of tranquility will exist perhaps for a hundred thousand, a million, ten million years. It's that kind of future which must be drawn upon to determine destiny, not the plans for
a mere century from now.
It's difficult but glimpses can be gleaned. Just how is everybody's concern, nobody's exclusive, and intensely personal in viewpoint. A few scientific ideas help. Elemental atomic spectra in terms of energy are extremely valuable in contemplating or envisioning the future. Tranquility in wilderness is immensely valuable. The decisions have to take that intense competition, distinguish between (A) primal one-one-one kill or be killed natural predation and (B) intelligent and civilized cultivation of the whole sentient planet in terms that respect its fragile existence, and respect human rights and the rights of life.
How will wild feral nature that exists a million years hence be distinct from the intelligent conscious sentience that uses the powers of technology, literature, thought and constructions? Make that cut and you will be very
far toward winning a reduction in the amount of time it takes to reach that vital tranquil love of the planet's wildlife.
The distinction between wild instinct and civilized planethood which you find from the far distant future will be pungent enough that it is certain to raise opinions conflicting with the more stagnant and reactionary laws, yet be welcome by the best of new thought.
There's more, but I can't determine now which is most important to send you.
Best of luck.
PS, My web page (you did ask for my url) describes a conjecture which, if true, has some implications for the power balance in the universe and hence, in the planet's destiny.
(The present system dreams its obsolete constructions will disappear soon. Yet fossils show they will remain on the galactic time scale, as in "Concrete is Forever".)
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