Earth is a paradise full of diversity, of cyclic movement, of beautiful landscapes and breathtaking sunsets. When seen from space, our homeplanet is a blue gem decorating the spacetime fabric of this solar system.
It is truly remarkable that in this vast (perhaps endless) universe, we have such an address.
When I say we, I refer to the human race. Modern humans are one of the many life forms that inhabit this place, but one that has prospered consistently throughout the geological ages and evolved to such an extent that it rules over the fate of most of other species.
You can go as far as to say that we are the absolute rulers of our backyard because of our unparalleled sense of self-awareness and awareness of our surroundings. Such a reflexive knowledge was acquired through the successive experiences of many generations.
In 2017, humanity is composed of more than seven billion people. This extraordinary number is distributed across the globe by geographical and social boundaries of all shapes and sizes. These lines, however helpful, sometimes blur the fact that whole planet is, in fact, our home. We are not only compatriots of a specific nation; we are citizens of the Earth.
Even after all the ages of natural selection and social revolutions, we are still struggling to accept differences. We resist seeing ourselves as a part of a planetary unity. In fact, we are prone to regard our existence and development as separated from those of other species, as well as detached from the environment.
This limited perspective reveals itself in a number of selfish tendencies, which lead us to careless go through life ignoring our astonishing potential to transform this transitory home of ours into a better place. It materially prevents us from working towards the sustainable solutions that would take us safely into the future.
Hunger, war, torture, genocide, child labor, slavery, poverty, widespread pollution of oceans, land and atmosphere. These are all profound wounds generated by our lifestyles, byproducts of a cruel profit-driven global market that seeks its perpetuation regardless of the consequences.
But these maladies have always existed, you may argue. Every human group that has ever lived, has had its oppressors and its oppressed. Sparks of creativity and glory occur as often as peaks of violence and catastrophe. Atrocity is not exactly twenty-first century novelty. Instead, it has been written in our encyclopedia since the dawn of our time here.
Are corruption and war essential to our existence, as much as love and peace? Is there a permanent co-dependency between these antagonists or is this just a transitory stage filled with paradoxes that must be transposed? How do we evolve from here? How do we effectively leave behind these shadows as a butterfly leaves its cocoon?
We ought to grow out of these dilemmas before stepping into a new reality. We must, as our pre-historical ancestors have done before us, abandon the hunting-gathering prospect (whose contemporary equivalents are the reckless exploitation, pollution and exhaustion of natural resources) in favor of a shared state of well-being.
We now stand on social structures based on a exploitative and intrusive approach, but we’ll slowly walk towards an increasingly sustainable society. This will be the revolution of our lifetimes.
In a global phenomenon of collective effort, we and the next generations will face the challenge to step out of our protective shells in order to raise our conscience to a level of global healing.
If you think we have already gone too far in the destruction path, remember that we are problem-solvers. If there are multiple setbacks and difficulties, then there must be an equal amount of solutions and alternatives.
We haven’t been here for very long, yet we already accomplished some truly remarkable deeds. From the ability to communicate in different languages to the technology that allowed us to send robots and messages into uncharted space, one can see the rate with which our young civilization thrives.
If humanity is to have a future, such puzzles must be solved and the wounds mentioned before fully healed. Our homeplanet may not be as pristine as it was in its first days, but it still has an enormous potential to provide food and shelter for all of us if dealt with carefully and respectfully.
We are the agents of change. This is the role we must learn to recognize in order to take responsibility for our actions. This is how we’ll evolve into our better selves.