Today, the world we are living in if we compare it with the world twenty years back, we find it more strange, getting increasingly complex, people more confused, the environment extremely chaotic, a fast deteriorating value system, and situations unpredictable. Since long human is always in search of some stability in life, a peaceful place for habitat, a climate where they can have pure air to breathe, a social environment free from caste and religious animosities, and opportunities for a dignified profession to support their family, a dependable and prejudice free governing system. But today we have completely lost the path of humanity. The whole surroundings have become a breeding ground where even the most decent and intelligent people are becoming the victim of dogmas, sensationalism, and misinformation.
Whereas we are bombarded daily with aspirational narratives, fake positivity, and images of inspirational, influential, powerful, and picture-perfect lives, unfortunately, physically we are living in an entirely different world, which is full of selfishness, greed, insecurities, and power-hungry people. Probably we have two worlds, one is what we have been made to perceive and the other is what in reality we have. This is a completely changed world with high hopes but more despairs, with lots of opportunities but cutthroat competitions, generating huge wealth but creating more poor, and with lots of achievements, but without any purpose. And the result is that majority of the people living on earth don’t have access even to the basic needs of life.
How life started on earth and where it has reached give us a glimpse of the very journey of life itself on Earth. Life on Earth started with single-cell organisms which later on became multicellular ones. They develop diffuse nervous systems. These in turn organized into central nervous systems that serve the basic needs of complex organisms. Eventually these blossom into the frontal cortex that allows the higher cognitive functions that land us here. Nature worked overtime to help us evolve into something that could search for the answer to big questions. Today human has been successful in finding the answers to hidden secrets of nature. Technology has completely changed the way human used to perceive this world and life itself. But the terrifying aspect of the future of humanity will be when the code of life is regulated to suit the vanity and greed of humans.
Since the inception of the Internet around 1980, the speed of advancement in technology and automation has accelerated astronomically. Consequently, the speed of transformation in lives has increased accordingly. Soon, we will find that the devices we use will respond to our voices. Self-driven cars and drones delivering packages are not very far off. The virtual world is now more real than the real one. In the future people will prefer to live in a simulation or virtual world, because it will be felt more real and people have learned to value the useful not the true.
Humans will in all probability make it to Mars before the end of this century and afterward may explore the possibilities, further in space. Fusion technology recently has been successfully tested in the US, although it is at a nascent stage. Humanity dabbling with control over nature will continue to know no bounds in the years to come. It will certainly help societies to combat illness, diseases, and aging, and human immortality is eventually the ultimate target.
But these developments will ultimately lead to the doom of humanity. First of all, it will spark an all-out war between the haves and have-nots. Sharp inequalities in different regions of the world will trigger uncontrollable immigration, hatred, and terrorism, leading to a path of self-destruction. We can learn from history, that we have always resorted to war and violence to resolve our conflicts. The availability and sustainability of natural, resources will be another challenge. Today, the footprints of humanity have toxic radioactive waste all over them. In a report in 2016, it had been mentioned that 450 nuclear reactors were generating electricity in 30 countries around the world. Sixty new reactors are also being built.
Climate change will be the most critical challenge for humanity to face and survive. The systematic degradation of the environment in the name of progress still cries out for our concern, care, and attention. The long-term effects of global warming will be the melting and fracking of ice caps, erosion of beaches, and sharp increases in air and water pollution.
Oceans of waste will create dead zones, where no life will exist. Taking care of our planet is like taking care of our houses. The environment is not a matter of religion, ethics, or morality. These are luxuries, and we can afford to survive without them. But certainly, we won’t survive if we continue to go against nature.
The Greek philosopher Anaximander theorized that “All things are generated from and returned to an endless creative source that he called “THE BOUNDLESS”. Carl Jung came out with an idea of his theory of “COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS”. He believed that this is the collective mostly forgotten memory of our relationship with the Higher Authority. Jung wrote “In our most private and subjective lives, we are not only passive and subjective witness of our age, and its sufferers but also its makers. We are our epochs”. The effort to control everything is a syndrome. To minimize the sufferings individually and collectively, let’s learn to accept things the way they come. For our existence and survival, we must leave vanity and accept humanity.Tags: #climatechange, #environment, #family, #getgreengetgrowing, #globalwarming, #gngagritech, #greenstories, #humanity, #nature, #Pollution, #waste