Here’s my Christmas message.
I have said this before somewhere but this time it is delivered by well-known, highly respected scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki who begins to look more and more like Santa Claus as time goes by.
It may be thought that this is a bit of a downer at this time of year but it is not really.
I am not a person who needs to be surrounded by ‘happy talk’ all the time. I am a realist and a positivist. I do not think negatively.
I am a complete, autonomous, free-thinking person, living a life of order or disorder as I see fit, based on my own decisions, within the bounds of my personal capabilities and the incursions, intrusions and other interactions, good or bad, that I experience as part of the world that exists, or appears to exist, around me.
I have ceased to believe that whatever happens was ‘meant to be’, as though something or someone was in overall control of things, working their plan. We are all the product of the decisions that we ourselves make at every moment, modified by effects arising from the decisions, whether instinctive or sentient, that all other creatures, big and small, have ever made in the past and further modified by effects arising through the moment by moment application of the natural laws of nature. A butterfly fluttering its wings on the other side of the world has as much effect on each of us as the tsunami wave or speeding freight train whose path we may cross at some moment in time, or the healer, teacher, lover, benefactor, ne’er-do-well or psychopath that we may meet at some point. It is all good. It is all positive.
Even the imminent extinction or near extinction of the human species is a positive event.
Think of all the existing species that our actions endanger which would be saved, the quicker our exit is determined. Think of all the new species that would arise after we have gone. Life, positive life will go on, without our help or interference. And if there are any of us left to carry on afterwards, those fortunates (though they may not initially see it that way) will enjoy the new experience of not trying to, or actually never again being able to, dominate the rest of nature for their own convenience but actually living in harmony with it.
That is what I call a positive message.
Human extinction is a foregone necessity because our own actions have allowed us to grow too big and too dominant to ever cooperatively, harmoniously and successfully work together to bring about, I should say ‘return’, a natural balance to the beautiful planet that we as a species were lucky enough to inhabit, whether you believe that our short stay here is a one-time gig or a recurring phenomena which might allow us to ‘do better’ each time around.