Polluting Self and Humanity

A recent post by Dennis Pitocco titled “One Day or Day One: You Decide –A MAZE or AMAZING” was the spark for me to write this article.

The ending paragraph of the post reads “Let’s stop the insanity. We know better. We are better. We can do better together. And we can do more not someday or one day, but starting right now. It’s time to own it. It’s time to move beyond self-preservation, choosing instead the greater good. There are two ways to navigate your life. As if it’s a maze. Or as if it’s amazing. We invite you to join us by making today your amazing DAY ONE.”

Reading “it’s time to move beyond self-preservation” coincided with a similar idea that Glenn Melcher expressed in a comment mentioning humanity preservation.

The above observation about self-preservation and humanity-preservation triggered the idea of this post and brought many questions to my mind such as:

  • Are self-preservation and humanity-preservation a unity and is like a seed if split in two halves either shall not germinate?
  • Are self-polluting and humanity-polluting two separate entities or are they one unit?
  • What would happen if the two entities split from each other?

The Paradox of Self-Preservation and Humanity-Preservation

Advancement in technology is leading to increased hostilities and wars and comedown of humanity.

Humanity is making huge advancements in research and technology. Both are intended for the betterment of humanity. Yet, humanity is suffering from huge losses in lives and pollution of the environment that is threatening lives and healthy living on earth.

We call for the preservation of the environment and yet it is humans who cause the damage to the environment. Modern warfare harm wildlife and biodiversity. Pollution from war contaminates bodies of water, soil, and air. Warfare releases greenhouse gas emissions.

We hold global conferences to protect the environment while warring at the same time. How can we do this?

  • Is humanity not walking the talk?
  • Is humanity suffering from what the Arab adage says that ignorant people are the enemies of self?
  • Is humanity gaining more knowledge to become increasingly ignorant?
  • Is there hope for humanity-preservation without caring also for self-preservation?

Are we freezing humanity to preserve it?

Freezing is one of the easiest ways to preserve fresh fruit. The question is are we then freezing ourselves and humanity to conserve them?

But then to conserve them for how long?

Humanity has to be “fresh” all the time. This is the best way to conserve it. The same extends to self.

There is no way to freeze our humanity and we need to act NOW before it is too late to do anything with nothing left to conserve.

Please do not freeze your thoughts. We need them now by sharing them with the world.


Ali Anani
Ali Anani
My name is Ali Anani. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia (UK, 1972) Since the early nineties I switched my interests to publish posts and presentations and e-books on different social media platforms.

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  1. The environmental issue is increasingly a topic that we face both as individual citizens – through our consumption choices and our daily behaviors – and collectively, i.e. as a society and as countries. Acting spontaneously is probably the most effective way. Doing good to ourselves and to the world without any effort, without the idea that it is a duty, to behave responsibly without feeling the weight of responsibility.
    The planet is also a victim of war. Conflicts devastate large areas of our world, destroy cities, productive activities. The damage caused by wars on the planet can last a long time. Wars cause death and devastation, they cause migratory flows of desperate people who try to escape from the horror, leaving behind those who did not make it.The environmental damage caused by wars have a significant impact on the life of the whole of humanity, given that the planet is our common home. Plastics, chemicals, hydrocarbons and other pollutants resulting from wars can be dispersed around the world, with unimaginable consequences for the planet.
    Stop conflicts to stop the destruction of natural resources and ecosystems. Thus also saving the populations who live in places that, due to the war, become uninhabitable, inhospitable.

    • ALdo, I warmly welcome and salute your noble call

      The recent war between Russia and Ukraine testifies the value of your comment.
      The pollution has reached many countries and I do not mean only the environmental pollution, but the pollution of inflation, food shortages, interruption of electricity, lay offs and many economic catastrophes that hit most nations.

      I wish this money burnt in warring wre exploited in dealing with the pollution of the environment.