Happy Boxing Day,
As we ponder the next few millennia of our relationship with Mother Earth, now is the time to think carefully about some guiding principles that could significantly raise our chances of making the right decisions.
This photo, and the words of a poet that accompany it, is a good place to start our thinking process:
The photo above was taken from lunar orbit by the crew of Apollo 8 - fifty years ago this week.
Yesterday, it appeared in a NY Times article,
We are all riders on the same planet
, a title that was inspired by the words of a poet after seeing that spectacular image a half century ago:
To see the Earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the Earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold - brothers who know now that they are truly brothers.
So what is Earthism?
It is not yet officially a word in Webster's, but is nevertheless gaining some traction online in this day of increasing environmental awareness. My own definition:
The never-ending process of improving and optimizing the integrated system of humanity living in harmony with nature. A process that Mother Nature demands.
Specifically, as we start thinking more about the American Green Region Authority (AGRA), we must pay special attention to environmental impacts of future economic and governance models that we might employ. As for the latter, we may want to start with a "Constitution" for AGRA.
For a little background on that sort of thing, let's take a peek at the preamble of the U.S. Constitution - as we think about the goals of a nature-friendly living arrangement for humans living in the first AGRA green corridor, GRATOLA:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
What is missing? There is not a single mention of the enormous importance of the natural environment to our future.
The irony here is that the so-called "barbarians" that we slaughtered by the thousands and drove from their homes to make room for our "more perfect" union - always had a much more perfect relationship with Mother Nature than we "civilized" folk, who hardly acknowledged her existence until the late 20th century.
Now, as we plan for how we can exist indefinitely in harmony with nature, w
e would do well to learn from those native Americans - and begin ensuring that our natural environment is treated with the deference it deserves.
Choosing economic and governance models. Maybe we can call them Earthism models. We already know that "capitalism" doesn't work very well when it comes to protecting nature - and the word "socialism" just wouldn't be acceptable for lots of reasons, even it were the best possible model for sustainable living for all humans.
As for Earthism, I am suggesting that future constitutions of all countries be based on a new, environmentally-focused, economic and governance model that reads something like this:
A form of
global commerce and governance that depends on a single
principle for the entire planet: our supreme need to significantly improve our relationship with the natural ecosystem that gives us life - a process that must continue in perpetuity.
As mentioned earlier, the above philosophy may not be that different from what the native Americans, and other indigenous peoples around the world, embraced for many thousands of years.
The Bottom Line. We now must figure out how to make the ancient wisdom, described above, workable in the 21st century.
For now, I have lots of questions but not many answers. Nor do I expect to have many answers anytime soon.
They will come from the highly-qualified team of experts that would plan the details of an envisioned system of green corridors in the USA that could
house up to 300 million Americans - providing a model of green living that other nations could replicate.
It is also likely that those experts would leverage their brilliant minds with the incredible power of AI (artificial intelligence), a tool that can help remove prejudice, bias and greed as it creates living themes that may end up saving humanity from extinction.
As 2018 draws to a close, hopefully 2019 will bring a robust international discussion of more Earthism kinds of solutions to the sustainability crises that threaten our future as a species.
What can you do?
1. Live as greenly as possible while doing all that you can to raise the awareness of the "big picture" solutions that are ultimately necessary to save our civilization.
2. Circulate my recent
"Mama Ain't Happy"
BSB among prominent journalists, thought leaders and/or elected officials whom you respect. They need to learn a lot more about the many reasons why
Mama ain't happy.
Until next time, just remember...
Humanity is on a collision course with Nature.
A damaged Nature will survive. We may not.
We must change course to avert an ecological disaster.
This "Boxing Day" BSB is dedicated to my very good friend, colleague, and fellow plant-based devotee, Nigel Richardson, who passed away on November 17. He and wife Clare treated me like family and, in their Atlanta home, always included me in the only Boxing Day celebrations I have ever attended.
your convenience, here are links to a few related BSBs from the past few weeks:
J. Morris (Jim) Hicks
CEO, 4Leaf Global, LLC
Looking for Opportunities to Speak.
Since 2016, my research, writing and speaking has been focused on the sustainability of our ecosystem and our future as a species. With a primary emphasis on food choices, I call it the "most important topic in the history of humanity."
After all, what could possibly be more important to humans than the survival of our species?
(now contains 5-minute video of me speaking in Tucson)
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