Spiraling Down

The area where I work is a new one; it used to be countryside until it was covered by houses and streets just a few years ago. It was a natural habitat for rabbits, foxes and coyotes…now the bigger animals are gone and only rabbits remain.

Without the dangers of predators an easier, safer life for the rabbits has created an overpopulation of those cute creatures, so they now can be seen in big numbers in front and back yards.

Maybe because of this safer habitat, after a couple of generations rabbits have started to show signs of “stupidity” They don’t run as fast as before anymore; they run in any direction, including the wheels of the approaching vehicle, getting killed instantly without giving reaction time to the drivers.

The same situation happens with any specie that finds the elements to easily multiply itself out of control. So is happening with the human race.

People used to know how to drive in snow with an older car without FWD, 4WD, ABS, TCS, airbags, etc, now they easily crash even having all that aid and all the teaching videos available in the net.

People used to find their way around in the cities and long trips using a paper map, while now many depend on a GPS system to not get lost.

I might be sarcastic or cynic, or whatever classification you want to give me, but I really don’t believe in changing people’s minds and turning the cards; that could have been done from the beginning.

The more knowledge accumulated by the human race, the more technology created to increase the living standards of people, the worst the situation becomes. Sure, we live more comfortable and safer than before but, is it better for the planet?

We are after all another specie in this planet, and no matter how advance individuals might be, as a race we still behave as many other species, so the reduction in population and the change in habits to stop the planetary destruction will be all coming as a consequence rather than a planed course of actions. We start saving after we experience a traumatic lack of money.

This entire civilization is based on trade rather than knowledge, so the mentality is about physical and material growth instead of knowledge or spiritual growth. You are valuated in proportion of what you have more than what you are.

In a personal level people can be valuated for who they are, what they do and how they do it, but in society as a whole is not; how many people would be happy to show a picture of themselves with a president, even if that president was considered a dictator? Showing the others a possible personal relation to the big dogs!

Insisting in better behaviors like recycling is fantastic but doomed to fail. It is not just the monetary interests of some few in power, but the laziness of the majority that screams for justice and new practices but remain in the old ways that maintain the status quo of things.

A politician says and act based on what he/she is allowed by the people that refuses to take action by themselves and prefer to blame those in power for all the problems instead of changing their way of life.

Wars wouldn’t exist if people refuse to go by principle, and if that principle was a planetary concept, there’ll be no need for having military forces. In that situation just the proposal of creating a military body would be considered so…anti-human! While throughout history it always has been an honor to serve in the forces!

Big sport utility vehicles still sell while small European style cars are nowhere to be seen around. If conservation is so important for some, how come that the same people waste water in their front lawn?

Changing to sensitive practices implies changing the way of life and stop giving importance to elements like luxury, possession and overstuffing as a reference of success in life and turn to forgotten curiosities like dedication to family, self cultivation and the enhancement of the human part within.

We all know that, we just cannot make it happen as a race to an extent bigger than the promotion of the good practices. So just like the bills come after the impulse shopping, the tag for the planetary use will be handed out and nature will recover of the “day with a fever” to become again what it suppose to be and the human race will be back at the beginning striving for survival.

I’m not saying people have a bad nature, by the opposite, we can see how many are searching inside themselves for the right path; I can see it while reading blogs in the net, and it only means deep inside we all know we must be in the wrong path now and we know things suppose to be in a different way.

If the houses in the area where I work were to be removed it’ll become a disaster for the rabbit population that lost the sense of survival after so many years of easy life; they would die by big numbers and the few survivors would bring new generations of rabbits better prepared to survive while coexisting with the foxes and coyotes.

It’ll be hard for the human race again, but it’ll bring balance in nature and a new opportunity for the human race to start a civilization based in knowledge and self growth where human interconnection is the base of such civilization, rather than trade and wealth as the main references for success.


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14 Responses to Spiraling Down

  1. Well said! Can you imagine if technology on this planet simply stopped working? Could you imagine if a giant solar flare or some galactic electromagnetic pulse simply wiped out all the electronics on this planet? Society would crumble very quickly. Simple things would be come very difficult. We’d have no ability to feed our population. Everything we have that makes life possible in the cities would cease to function. It would be just as if you pulled all the houses out of your neighborhood and let the bunnies try to survive.
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Eric,

    Isn’t it scary? Even a one degree shift in earth axis, which is nothing in astronomical reference, would create a climate change and several re-adjustments that wouldn’t destroy the entire human race but will create this new beginning mentioned.

    Hopefully if that happens we will, as a race, restart things in a better way.

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  2. Jean Sarauer says:

    We have definitely lost our way on this earth! I think how we are as young children – so contented just to play outdoors and watch the clouds. And then we start getting conditioned in a way that tells us this natural peace and joy is not enough!

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi jean,

    You’re right, those times of childhood when we marvel at the sight of a flower or a butterfly, yet we needed guidance to prevent us from growing envy or selfishness within us. It seems a matter of children receiving the right teachings from adults holding the right concepts. I guess the adult part is not going very well in a cycle that keeps repeating irself.

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  3. Liara Covert says:

    The ego mind persuades many people life is difficult. Heart and soul know the truth is easy. One chooses to dream indefinitely or awaken. As one surrenders completely, perceptions and problems fade into nothing.
    Liara Covert´s last post ..Feel the impact

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Liara,

    Beautifil words of wisdom!

    Tahnk you for stopping by and you comment.

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  4. Lori says:

    Hi Raul,
    If I’m not careful, I find myself becoming very depressed/affected by how things have been going. I grew up on a farm, connected to the earth, growing our own food, appreciating the life we sacrificed for our nourishment, etc. (Based on that knowledge, I no longer eat animals — can’t bring myself to do it!)

    I feel lost in the cement cities, amongst the huge cars and so many people who have completely lost their connection to nature.

    But, like you, I harbor hope. I believe in people. (“I’m not saying people have a bad nature, by the opposite, we can see how many are searching inside themselves for the right path…”) And, I’ll keep striving to do my part to change the tide.
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Lori,

    Growing up in a farm must be an incredible way to feel connected with nature :)

    Living in big cities is also amazing and, even when we can see how things are going, also there are so many elements that give the needed hope.

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  5. Tony Single says:

    I agree, Raul, that it’s a problem. I wonder when the whole “bigger is better” mentality came into play, or whether it’s always been there in us as a species. Perhaps it’s the latter, and it’s taken until now for knowledge, technology and knowhow to catch up with our rapacious appetite for more? Could it really be that we’ll pull back only when we’re at the brink of ours and earth’s extinction? Hmmm…

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Tony,

    We are another specie in this planet, the one and only with such an amazing brain, but at the end of the day still another specie, so it’s no wonder why we have such “appetite for more” It is a survival instict.

    Thanks for your comments

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  6. Liara Covert says:

    Love the candidness of this blog. It offers food for thought and invites reflection about degrees of self-awareness.
    Liara Covert´s last post ..Recognize the nature of intelligence

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Liara,

    Thank you for your kind comment :)

    This blog is mostly a personal thoughts and opinion thing, so at the same time is difficult to classify in a specific niche.

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  7. Cath Lawson says:

    Hi Raul – I like how you compared humans to rabbits. And it is so true – we behave dangerously and take foolish risks, especially with the planet, then panic when things start to go wrong.

    But as you say, not enough people are willing to change their behaviour – they live for short term material gains and stuff they don’t really need.
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Cath,

    It is funny when you see around, how big we humans are, yet a little demonstration from nature and we quickly become like rabbits. Humm, interesting thought for another post…thanks Cath! :)

    When we consider what we really need I bet it’ll be less than 10 percent of what we already have, and we still want more!

    Thanks for your comment…and ideas :)

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