My view on going green and global warming
With all of the green hype escalating dramatically over the last few
years, I often ask myself where I fall in the spectrum between hugging
trees and leaving my TV on all night. I've never reached a conclusion
about this because I haven't cared enough to spend the time thinking
about it – It just doesn't matter to me because I'm going to do what
I'm going to do at the time that think to do it. The nature of things
is that they tend toward disorder and human habits are no different.
We feel better (except for the mental strain we put on ourselves) to
lie down, to let loose, to tell someone how we feel, to throw a Coke
can in the closest trash receptacle. But as a society, we've learned
to think of entropy as a bad thing, and we've developed very creative
ways of fighting it. Moms create chores for kids to work against the
natural disorder that befalls their bedrooms, chemical companies make
billions of dollars per year through beauty serums and anti-frizz
products that help women (and men) look better than they actually do,
and scientists are working towards "cures" for natural chromosomal
telomere wear, which is expected to prolong life. The Green revolution
really isn't so different; we have to put a lot of effort into figuring
out how to minimize our carbon footprint, effort and time that many of
us do not have. So why is it so hard to accept that, after more than a
few years of evolution, the process might actually be OK?
There's a reason that nearly 75% of conceptions are spontaneously aborted and why expecting mothers tend not to carry severely physically challenged babies to full term under normal prenatal care. Our bodies have evolved to protect against these deformities because they're debilitating, a huge drain on resources, and emotionally damaging. Yet society (but mostly I blame the Christians) puts such value on all human life that we fight against evolution by developing medicinal therapies and tools that allow people to care for themselves differently than we've evolved to do naturally, and we extend suffering exponentially. Yet, we think we're brilliant for these innovations. If we let nature take its course – and work with it instead of against it – over population wouldn't be a problem, we'd be a healthier society, resources would be plentiful, and the term "carbon footprint" would never have been coined.
So, here's the irony about trying to clean up the earth: Humans can't think on such a large scale, as there are far too many factors and interconnected moving parts that depend in some way on our habits and use of resources, both natural and synthetic. That's a job best left to Mother Earth, which is why we fight so hard against our natural, entropic inclinations to kill her… But what if she's trying to kill us? I don't mean that in a negative sense, but it may be that humans are saturating the system so much that new, stronger species cannot evolve. The earth, like anything, has undergone cycles of breaking down and building up, coming back stronger and better. It is likely that we are living in a downward slope in the breakdown cycle. But instead of letting the planet go through its natural healing, regenerative process (including its many living species), all of our efforts to save ourselves and the climate may really just be serving as a stopcock in that process. Evolution is the one tried and true process in this chaotic world, and it will bring us a brighter future… If we let it.