A rant in transit - is there anyone out there?
Are we really wiser than our forbearers of yesteryear? Have we evolved in terms of our values and ethics? Sadly I believe not. We have indeed quantified more of our environment and we’ve advanced in the ways of technology, but at what price?
I lament as I observe how low we have descended as a species. Indeed we are all aware of the excesses of Consumeristic Man – consumeristic greed, insensitivity to fellow humans, degradation of the environment and worse. But my current rant was precipitated by the state of the toilet in a public washroom, in a large airport, while in transit. And yes there were a lot of people driven to getting home. Tired and irritable with the inevitable delays and it was past midnight. But is that enough reason to pee on everything and crap on the seat and beyond, without making any attempt at cleaning up? Your crap has polluted our rivers and seas, beyond the point that we can neutralize the scourge. And then a walk through the duty-free retail environment where voracious consumerism ruled supreme – need/want/greed, who knows. An instantaneous thought flashed of those mega areas in the Pacific of plastic waste. And the fish, succumbing to guts filled with the plastic waste.
And then row upon row of humans, oblivious to the real environment, living totally in the virtual realities of their phones and tablets. The thought occurred that there may be no awareness of the present environment to share with anyone else – the distraction of the self-interested and the self-absorbed left relatively few humans consciously engaged with the physical reality in the present.
We are in trouble. To quote, “Be afraid. Be very afraid.” Collectively, we the Human species have descended beyond the level of parasites – a parasite at least respects the viability of its host to ensure its survival. No, we have become the malignant tumor that, devoid of any awareness, indiscriminately destroys its host and dies with it.
I would say to the likes of Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk – forget about populating Mars or beyond. With the prevailing values and ethics we’ll destroy those environments sooner than later as well.
I always make an attempt to contribute some positive encouragement at the end of a rant. But on this occasion, even digging deep, I can’t come up with a positive solution. I would say ‘tend your own acre’ but the behavior of our species is encroaching even upon that. Can we coach the masses to create sustaining ethics and values? I guess we would have to start at the early nurture years with instilling the appropriate approach. But then you would need a critical mass of those who have self-awareness and self-respect.
I need a stiff drink at this point ..... and someone conscious to engage with!