Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Genius of Nature

Nature is so freakin smart and amazing and beautiful and inspiring. 
Why do we ridiculous humans always think we can one up and outdo nature?
Why can't we just watch, listen, and learn? 

Parrots eat fruit with a toxin in it and then know to go eat a certain kind of clay that flushes the toxin from their systems - how do they know to do that? 

Birds migrate thousands of miles knowing exactly where they're going 
with internal GPS better than anything we could ever have. 
(Never "lost connection! Recalculating!") 

Dolphins' echolocation allows them to experience the world in a way we never will.

Have you seen photos of snowflakes magnified?  
Each is unbelievably perfect in design, and no two are alike.

My dog can be sound asleep in the house and immediately wake up in alertness when he catches the scent of something my partner and I are oblivious to, 
and sometimes he looks at us like "WHY ARE YOU SO DUMB?". 

Sea birds fly mere inches away from the surface of the water, 
even with the raging, unpredictable (to us!) waves, 
not only never getting wet, but looking so graceful they'd rival any ballerina. 

Trees are so tall and proud and sure of themselves, 
never fretting over whether their bark is ugly 
or if they look too fat with all those leaves, 
and they communicate with each other through their roots in mysterious ways. 

Nothing in nature is ever wasted by any species other than us -
other things in nature use only the resources they need. 
Can you imagine a herd of deer creating a landfill?

Humans are the only species that stupidly render our own habitat unlivable, 
by poisoning our own water, air, soil, and food. 

Crows know not to eat the GMO corn - why do we eat it? 

Elephants sense a storm coming and know to move to higher ground, 
whereas without our TVs and emergency radio weather alerts, 
we'd be sitting ducks. 

Termites create their own heating and cooling vents in their homes to control the internal temperatures, without fancy electronics and sky-high electric bills. 

Nature is a freakin genius, and we should be taking notes. 

How long would you
or your family
or your neighborhood
or America 
if the power went out right now....
....and never came back on? 

The animals and everything in nature would love it, 
and thrive. 
We're the only species so divorced from the realities of nature; 
we're the only species that would struggle. 

All of our health is bound up with the health of the Earth. 

When the Exxon CEO laments, "What good is saving the planet if humanity suffers?", his question perfectly highlights the problem: 
the widespread, completely backwards belief that "humanity" and "the planet" are separate and in opposition to each other. 
Does the Exxon CEO think "the planet" is "the birds and bears and stuff in that forest over there, which has nothing to do with me, here with my electronic gadgets in my climate-controlled private jet"?
He means, ceasing to extract and burn fossil fuels would cause his profits to suffer.
He thinks that's more important than the planet as a whole.
But he, like all of us, only breathes thanks to phytoplankton and trees.
He, like all of us, eats and drinks thanks to the soil, sun, water, plants, animals, insects, and bees.

If the planet suffers, humanity suffers.
You, me, and every human being - including the Exxon CEO - can only be as healthy as the Earth is.