Friday, October 27, 2006

The Sacred Balance


On the side of my bed is a book entitled "The Sacred Balance". It is written by David Suzuki.

Its introduction begins with these words:

Suppose that 200,000 years ago, biologist from another galaxy searching for life forms in other parts of the universe had discovered Earth and parked their space vehicle above the Rift Valley in Africa. They would have gazed upon vast grasslands filled with plants and animals, including a newly evolved species, Homo sapiens.

It is highly unlikely that those extra-galactic exobiologists would have concentrated their attention on this young upright ape species in anticipation of its meteoric rise to preeminence a mere two hundred millennia later.

After all, those early humans lived in small family groups that didn't rival the immense herds of wildebeast and antelope. In comparison with other many other species, they weren't especially large, fast or strong. or gifted with sensory acuity.

Those early humans possessed a survival trait that was invisible because it was locked within their skulls and only revealed through their behavior.

Their immense and complex brains endowed them with tremendous intelligence, conferring as well a vast capacity for memory, and insatiable curiosity and an astonishing creativity, abilities that catapulted their descendants into a position of dominance on the planet.

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But suddenly in the last century, Homo sapiens has undergone a radical transformation into a new kind of force that I call a "superspecies".

For the first time in the 3.8 billion years that life has existed on Earth, one species-- humanity-- is altering the biological, physical and chemical features of the planet on a geologic scale."

Yesterday I saw this story.

Environmentalist Suzuki to quit spotlight for simple life

In it, Suzuki says,

"Nobody any longer knows what a sustainable future is," the bearded, bespectacled environmentalist told Reuters in a recent interview in Australia to promote his book, "David Suzuki: The Autobiography."

"I feel like we are in a giant car heading for a brick wall at 100 miles an hour and everyone in the car is arguing where they want to sit. For God's sake, someone has to say put the brakes on and turn the wheel."

I can't help but get encouraged by the notion that the Homo Sapiens in the geographic state that is known as the United States might actually use their "their immense and complex brains" and actually vote out the congress of the current regime of oil that has become the worst government in the history of that state.

But I must admit that, like Suzuki, I hear somewhere in the din of political discourse, the Suzukian equivalent of

Shotgun.

Let us do what we can to make certain that this wave of discontent and sanity will flow over their levees of deceit and vote counting chicanery.

But, let us also be quick to remind those who come in with this tide,

that it is high time to quit arguing about who gets "shotgun",

and maybe just enough time to step on the brakes

and turn the wheel.

And create another world in

The Sacred Balance.


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1 Comments:

Blogger OZ said...

I changed quick to quit in the last part of the post after a re read after my work out.

7:31 PM  

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