Even the largest oak, in the beginning, was just a small acorn, goes a saying.
It also applies to the problems of protecting the environment, water, air, and soil pollution, damage caused by plastic, and the disappearance of many animal and plant species. Too often in fact it seems that these issues are far from us, too big to face in our daily life.
We are wrong. We can all contribute to the salvation of the planet. No striking actions are needed, but a few gestures and a minimum of commitment.
For the human being of the past, Mother Earth has always had an organic, self-sufficient aspect of a living creature, rich in conscience. Mother Earth to them was a breathing planet, but above all, she was considered sacred. For centuries, it has been treated with the utmost respect in every part of the world. There was no culture that was not devoted to the one who every day nourished the human being with its fruits and offered him a drink with her water, gave him air to breathe and wood to keep warm.
Then came the progress that has darkened this wonderful living planet, plundering it and exploiting it of all its resources. Mother Earth has become our exclusive object of conquest. And so we did. We took, stole, tearing, cutting, shattering, tearing down everything that came in our way. The different harmonies of the natural world have been set aside as obstacles to progress and with them also that equally subtle network of human societies and cultures that had evolved and coexisted with that world for thousands of years has disappeared.
One of the most insidious aspects of this new society has been to persuade people that life on Earth has no metaphysical meaning or transcendent purpose. It follows that, in a society like this, where mankind is seen simply as a temporary biological phenomenon in the context of a random evolutionary process, it is difficult for people to worry about anything other than their own material well-being.
The mantra is: peace depends on prosperity, prosperity depends on producing and consuming more, and growing prosperity automatically derives from this increase in economic activity.
This vision is so ingrained in our culture and our politics that everything we are doing against nature is considered, paradoxically, as “natural”.
The time has come to reverse this consumerist trend before it’s too late. Mother Earth is not “our” product, as human beings, we do not have the exclusive right to it.
Healthy science and informed spirituality lead to a shared conclusion: the fate of mankind is inextricably linked to life on Earth. In symbolic terms, the Earth is not only our home, which we must keep clean and manage it properly, but it is really, as all ancient civilizations recognized, our “Mother”. A living planet, a sacred place.
Modernity has failed. We must build a new humanism otherwise the planet will not be saved.
I agree. Earth is the mother of all. Everything that happens to Earth also happens to her children. The Earth does not belong to man, it is man who belongs to the Earth.
While waiting for the great of the Earth to find a common solution to tackle the problem, we too can do something to save the Planet. If we all “eco” small steps, the world can be a more beautiful and healthier place to live!
Our daily habits affect the environment in which we live more than we can imagine.