Parasite vs Symbiote Pt II
What kind of human are you? Pt II
I am sure that the vast majority of you like to see yourselves as part of a collective symbiotic relationship with the world. Unfortunately, many aspects of our collective behaviour are undeniably parasitic. From the very obvious and well documented such as the extraction and burning of fossil fuels on a massive scale, consuming a finite resource relatively rapidly and, in doing so, altering the very fabric of our environment - to the less immediately apparent, like the slow acidification of our oceans. With the latter having an increasingly visual impact as it regularly causes the ‘bleaching’ of coral reefs, even here the insidious effect is becoming clearer.
Ultimately, an ecological collapse across our oceans could be as catastrophic as unrestrained warming in our climate. Both can be directly attributed in large part to our behaviour. The evidence today is far too strong for us to disavow our responsibility so we must conclude that we are masters of our own destiny when it comes to halting and preventing the negative impacts of climate warming and ocean acidification.
Collectively we have to share the burden of responsibility, as individuals we must decide how much we will change our own behaviour to make our contribution to changing the direction of travel.
We must ask ourselves whether we wish to continue to behave as a parasite or adapt our behaviours to become increasingly symbiotic.
What kind of human will you decide to become?
Clearly, I have decided to strive towards symbiosis. It is harder than it seems. Something I will explore next time. Much of our culture and our way of life has been built on consumptive foundations. We slowly eat away finite resources in ways that cause long term damage to our environment, our home.
But I do believe that individual change can lead to global change. One person may not make a difference, a million people may not have a significant impact, a billion people can change everything.