Shipwrecked If an orbiting ship wrecked a small group of technologically advanced human families on a finite system, an isolated planet perhaps in a lonely galaxy, let’s say an island in the middle of the immense sea. You would think that the survivors rather than cannibalize each other, might collaborate and depend on mutual relationships for the benefit of the greater good.
It would be irresponsible to implement invasive actions that rape the environment that houses life. It would be crazy to think of this island as expendable, entitling us to exploit all the food and resources until depletion and then simply set sail to the next island and then the next one, creating one dump site after another ad infinitum. The throwaway mentality so familiar to our shrink-wrap take out market place of the 21st century, recklessly trashes all it encounters and perpetuates parasitic thinking.
What if this island contained another finite system lets say a forest, with roughly 1000 trees, the shipwrecked families would have to figure out how to generate food and shelter without depleting the forest. Evidently if wood was the only source of energy, in a matter of weeks no more trees would be left. No more shade would transform the micro climate and biodiversity under the canopy into a barren desert. One would think these people smart enough to prevent such disaster. Lucky our shipwrecked families are blessed with cognitive furnaces; a breeding ground for ideas as evidenced by the blossoming of Homo Faber and our information age. Since necessity is the mother of invention, emerging solutions would soon flourish on this island. Real needs would adjust finite resources into equilibrium. The first axiom to be understood by our stranded survivors is that unlimited growth of the human enterprise would tip the balance of available resources. Our families would have to rely on alternative forms of energy and different social behaviors including more of a steady-state economy that would not interfere with the delicate bio-structures of the forest protoplasm. The fragility of this island system is as thin as the atmosphere of planet Earth. And if we protect and maintain it long enough, perhaps destiny one day will fulfill our mission to leave its surface in paradise.
However on this island, something went off course and the behavioral pathology of survival of the fittest arrived to offset human relationships. Greedy and self-absorbed individuals operating blindly for their self-interest became diluted and obsessed with addictions and control. This behavior corrupted the nucleus of patriarchal family members who had no interest in public collaboration. In competition, they became shortsighted loosing perspective of the perennial species plan based on inclusive cooperation and compassion. Collaborating for a greater good suggest surrendering self-interest for community service. Surrendering self-interest is not in the benefit of the ego-mind. Like the spoiled western kid, the egoic pathology of desire and cravings will impose its whims. This attitude set’s off “the attachment to stuff complex” or “accumulation syndrome” generating scarcity in a finite system. On this island arrogant social predators have acted selfishly and wrecked the fine balance taking the rest of us to this critical point. The forest trees have become extinct along with the nutritious top soil that sustains life. How could we be so stupid? Can somebody stop the insanity, might many of us step up to the sand watch maker on the beach awaiting the final hour? The ascent of our technology need now evolve into a proliferation of community activation. By understanding our fears and desires, we raise our collective consciousness. At that point community arises and the ego takes a back seat. The primal need for community service is at the heart of our ancestral connectedness. We have forgotten how to relate to each other and the environment. In a system that generates abundance, the greater good does not disallow freedom to pursue individual passion on the contrary it celebrates individuality. In a smart system, quality of life is primordial, with emphasis on fabricating plenty for all. As a new norm, we would allow for creativity, innovation, education and nurturing the child within. The nomadic groups of the Serengeti and sub-Saharan Africa, work 20 hours a week and meet their primal needs, the rest of the time they engage in family, art and contemplation. We need not be so industrious, especially when industry benefits only a small group of the people. Today we equate free time with doing nothing, dumbified by mass entertainment. Innovation and industry hook us on things, gadgets and stuff we do not really need. Most of us spend our leisure distracted and mesmerized by these toys. If instead we used our leisure time to activate harmonious social systems and permaculture design, to grow internal technologies and art, we would be a star species light years ahead of our time, closer to a period were all work becomes playful.
In play you are grateful and mostly present. Grateful for the gift of life, appreciative of the natural gifts that made possible the ascent of humanity. This playground has brought us far. We are now at a point of transcendence. In harmony with our mother island and not as masters of the land. When we transcend this we will realize that at the most fundamental level, nature is boundless and can give us infinite energy. Getting to the source of abundance in the energetic universe requires a leap in understanding. We must reconsider isolated and finite systems as only expressions of the radiated surface, on closer examination we will realize we live in open systems full of energy, where living systems violate conservation of mass-energy laws and have negative entropy.
Certain groups of Macaque monkeys during the long cold winter of the Japanese Nagano Mountains, fight and defend limited hot beds around thermal springs. This gives survival advantages to one dominant clan over another. Homo sapiens is capable of doing much better than this, in sync with what our heart knows is possible. Spreading compassion and wisdom, living and sharing in abundance. Yes, climate factors are rough at the poles and extremes of this island, but moderate weather can be found in the tropical bulge around equatorial vectors. Nature has a way of capitalizing on almost all variable climates found on Earth, as recent discoveries of pale fish that live in Antarctica at great depth where mantle vents sheer lava and gasses into the ocean floor. We live on abundant surface potential and we still have time to correct our course. We must realize that creation is power, not destruction as some psychopath men tend to believe. Creation in fine equilibrium where all forces cancel out into unity. In unity any disturbance in the field would disrupt the order and flow of the divine. The laws of thermodynamics are a constant on the skin deep human scale and before we can devote time to go beyond the bubbling surface of materialism, we need to make peace with this absolute. The overgrowth of water-lilies suffocating the pond and all life in the process, remind us that there should never be too much of a good thing inside the ego mind.
Carlos Cuellar Brown