Welcome to Cells of Earth
Today is my 27th birthday. It comes with a realisation that in so many ways I have been sloppy with the way that I live my life.
When you think about the time that you spend on this earth, how much of it is truly conscious? How often do you question the things that you do and the way that you live your life? Why do we each give so much time and attention to things in life that don’t really matter? Why do we eat food that is poisonous to our bodies and pollute our water which we depend on for life? How long will we continue living the way that we do when we know that it harms our planet and that the people who will pay the price are not only ourselves but also our future generations?
People talk about things like global consciousness. They talk about ‘the shift’. Many people look towards 2012 as a coming time of transformation for the earth. Does any of this stuff really exist? Is anything actually happening? Maybe the real question to ask is, are we truly capable of changing?
Amidst everything, I want to believe that people are fundamentally good. I want to believe that we are capable of understanding that we are each a part of something larger than ourselves, larger even than the human race, but are in fact a part of the entire planet. I wonder what life would be like if we could really grasp that idea.
I think that people feel alone. I think that sometimes we feel like we have nowhere to turn. I think that when people present global problems to us they just seem to big to deal with. So we hide from them. We hide from them and we keep living our lives the way that we do, and so our world becomes smaller and smaller and the problems of the world come closer and closer to us.
Then, there are the other people. The people who can see a way past it all. The people who can envision a future when we are no longer at war with one another. A future where we are able to live in harmony with the planet. A future where we each realize that we are truly connected and no longer live our lives in pursuit of things that make us slaves. Slaves to religions, slaves to banks, slaves to jobs and slaves to our own material desires. A future which would undoubdably require a radical shift in the way that we view ourselves and our place in the world.
It’s something that people would easily call ‘idealistic’. And yes. It is idealistic. However, it is also necessary. With the way that we currently live our lives, the question is not if we can continue doing it, but simply how long we can keep doing it. The sad reality is, that the longer it takes us to make the changes that are necessary, the less chance there is that we as humans will be able to have a happy, prosperous future on this planet.
Many of us think that it’s not our problem and that by the time anyone else has to pay for our actions, we will be dead and gone. So we keep filling our landfills with trash. We keep pouring toxic chemicals into our water. We continue to support large corporations who are exploiting the world for their own temporary gain at the true cost of our future. By our inaction, we condone this. Unknowingly, each time we buy a take-away coffee in a disposable cup we embed ourselves deeper into the problem. We know this but we tell ourselves that ‘it’s just one small thing’. We tell ourselves that ‘we are just one person and so what we do doesn’t matter.’ Or we tell ourselves that ‘we know it’s bad and that we will change tomorrow.’ It is our problem now. We, in our lifetime will suffer the consequences of our ancestors actions as well as our own.
Pollution means that I can no longer swim in the river where I played during summer as a child. Farm industry means I am unable to drink water from streams in New Zealand. Over use of land means that vital nutrients are no longer in my food supply. Each time I go outside and breath I expose myself to harmful toxins. I am 27 years old and have already lost friends to cancer.
It’s true to an extent. You are just one person. You alone will most likely not tip the scale. But when you have 6,909,801,193 (at time of writing) people on the planet who are all thinking ‘I’m just one person, what difference will my behavior make?’ Well, this is how we got ourselves into this mess.
When we think about what it means to be part of something bigger, the phrase ‘as above, so below’ comes into mind. To find the answers to how we can potentially look towards a more harmonious future on a global level, we can look towards how a civilization already functions in perfect harmony for the greater good of a single organism. We can look towards our own bodies. We can look towards the 50 trillion cells who right now in your body are living our their lives for the greater good of you.
A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are one planet. One of the great revelations of the age of space exploration is the image of the earth finite and lonely, somehow vulnerable, bearing the entire human species through the oceans of space and time. – Carl Sagan
The earth is a single organism and any organism that is at war with itself will die. Deepak Chopra makes an amazing point of this in regards to our own bodies when he said;
“The very behaviors that would kill our bodies in a day have not been renounced by us a people.” – Deepak Chopra
I want to reiterate, that I am not writing this from the perception of someone that is perfect. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. I am aware of the state of the world. I have sat around dinner tables while I drink imported wine with friends and talked about the dangers of global warming and what will happen to us when the oil runs out – and then done nothing. The next morning, I have got out of bed, aware that I’m doing everything wrong and I have done it anyway.
When I think about the reasons why, I guess it’s simple. I don’t know how to do it any other way. I know how to buy imported vegetables from a supermarket. I don’t know how to grow them myself. I know how to live a western life where my aspirations amount to greater material wealth, possessions and the ability to care for my family. I don’t know how to live my life as a cell of the earth and work towards the common good of my fellow man and the planet. I don’t even know where to begin. That’s why I haven’t changed. I think that’s why we as a race haven’t changed. That’s why our world is still in trouble and our future truly looks bleak.
There is one thing that I know how to do though. I know how to start looking. I know that the answers are out there. And so that’s why I am starting this blog and this project. Today, I turn 27 years old. The next year of my life will be dedicated to finding out the answers to these questions and trying to figure out how it might just be possible. I am going to look to experts for their answers. Talk to people on the street. Talk to companies and anyone that is trying to make a difference – just so I can find out how we can all start and to try and obtain a glimpse of what life might be like for us all if we were able to make that great leap in consciousness.
I will video document as much of this journey as possible and post to you-tube so that you are able to follow me along for the ride. I want you to be part of this project. We are, after all, all in this together – whether you like it or not.
It is still a beautiful world. We have the ability to be compassionate and loving towards one another.
We don’t have to be alone.