We share this beautiful, amazing planet with many other species. Because of our propensity to procreate, prolong human life, manage our environment and consume the Earth’s limited resources, we are having a profound impact on the lives and homes of many of our non-human relations. Wild space and wildlife have been disappearing over the last 200 years at a rate equalling the changes which took place on the earth 69 million years ago at the time of the Earths last great transformation caused by an asteroid impact.
The earth is in the midst of a ‘holocaust’. Today, it is us causing the impact. The graph below makes the point. (Will try to re-insert graph when we figure out other gliches).
Instead of the heading “World Population Growth through History”. we could just as easily substitute any of the following, “Species Extinction”, or “Natural Resource Consumption”, or “Wild Home Territories Lost” – all on the same timeline through History.
It doesn’t seem fair. We are acting like selfish little children. We are behaving like we alone own this place and have the innate right to exploit it for our own good. We are supposed to be this unique being with an advanced brain that can see far into the future, anticipate problems and modify our behavior accordingly. We are supposed to be endowed with the unique characteristic of having and acting towards others with compassion. Instead, we act upon ‘beliefs’ instead of science, and all we seem concerned about is our own short term material welfare, at the expense of everything else.
We are not treating the Earth as we ourselves would like to be treated.
Here are some things that we, each of us, as humble individuals, might do, to take responsibility and to help in our own small way (“the smallest seeds grow to be the largest trees”) to save the homes and lives of the other beings that we share this planet with.
1. Shift our focus away from ourselves and other humans and towards the Earth.
2. Be true to our values – minimize ‘employment compromises’.
3. Have fewer children – the decision as to how many children we procreate will be the biggest environmental impact decision most of us will ever make.
4. Live simply, consume less, share as much as possible, stop obsessing over competition, turn off the TV (maybe a little PBS?), be playful.
5. Give whatever we can afford to organizations dedicated to preserving wild space and wild life and indigenous peoples.
6. Make music with and serenade the Earth, becoming one and at peace with all our non-human relations. Here are some suggestions on how you might do this:
(a) Wherever you might be, close your eyes and just listen to the sounds of nature – the birds, insects, frogs, the wind in the trees, the movement of water, etc. Try to focus just on your sense of hearing – if you can do this really well, eventually you will not be talking or thinking (the human obsession, that so often interferes with tuning into our 5 natural senses). Listen carefully, distinguishing between the sounds of nature and the sounds of man. Focus on the former, trying to differentiate among and listening carefully to its components.
(b) The music of the Earth is generally what musicians would term as ‘a-rhythmic’, i.e., there is no steady beat. So with any one-Key melodic musical instrument at your disposal, randomly play one note at a time, or possibly two together, as you continue to focus just on listening and not thinking or talking. You needn’t worry about keeping a steady beat – in fact, try not to. Play softly, maintaining a balance between your music and the music of the Earth.
(c) Using whatever musical form you might prefer, consciously create a musical offering to the Earth. This could be humming, whistling, singing, playing a song you know, or completely making something up. If the insects inspire you to play at a particular rhythm, go for it. If the sound of the wind in the trees is variable, maybe adjust the tempo and volume of your music accordingly. Be free – blend in – give of your heartfelt music in thanksgiving to the music and the many other gifts the Earth gives to you.
“SUCCESS means LESS”
Please refer to the following two books, described in greater detail in the Musical Books Section:
The Child Who Spoke with the Earth with CD,
covering points 1 – 5, and
The Music Simplified Guide for All Teachers & Parents of Young Children with DVD
covering point 6.
Some suggested readings:
Seven Arrows, by Hyemeyohsts Storm
Sidartha, by Hermann Hesse
Tao Te Ching, or Book of Tao, interpreted by various authors
The Bluebird Carries the Sky on His Back, by Henry David Thoreau
Ishi In Two Worlds, by Theodora Kroeber
Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn
My opinion – too many people + too many machines = massive worldwide unemployment, unrest and climate change