Jost Amman (1539 – 1591)
The Big One
It’s time to get ready. Most days it isn’t raining. Yet we cannot kid ourselves. The waters are rising, and there is no stopping it. An ocean flood is longer term and poses different problems than river torrent with sandbagging and clean-up afterwards. If we cannot stop water, we’ll need to find a way to ride out the flood.
The truth is most of us won’t do much, and will continue thinking we don’t or can’t make an impact. We see the coming waters, and don’t really know what to do anyway. It’s difficult to contribute when the issues are so ‘biblical’, so gynormous.
Still, change is upon us. Our way of life is forced to adapt to unimaginable conditions and opportunity.
Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré (1832 – 1883)
Humans are especially adapt at creating and morphing with disasters. Those who survive are said to carry the memory of many. Epic stories are home in the tragedies of the past.
It’s this link with hundreds of generations of our own species that is simiar to how billions of species over billions of years adapted and transformed a cooling rock into a biosphere.
Life already built the first ark.
Curb your appetite
How to do slow the rising waters? Core values in human lifestyle need review. Human activity is voracious, and our society eats everything. From yogurt cultures, to feedlots, forests & moutaintops, there is little that humans don’t consume. Our species is increasingly rapacious and capable. It is time to master our hunger, and tend our garden.
We need to adopt an increasingly modest lifestyle, not an easy task within the context of today’s fast-paced world. Levelling human impact on our environment will take monumental changes in our societies and personal psychologies. Even understanding sustainability is a big task.
The primal instincts all life shares must be tamed in humans. Greed, growth and hoarding must be removed as the focus of social order. They helped bring our species to the throne, but we risk the kingdom to continue our warlike attitude. The child species human has grown to be sentient adult, the alpha biological on the planet.
Our measure of wealth needs to adapt. It is not stuff, numbers & things, but experiences and impact that give our lives worth. It is not the worldwide fight against poverty, but the struggle decrepide lifestyles and conditions. This realignment of priority deserves attention.
There is a certain inevitable quality to this coming flood, and conservation may not be enough to counteract it. Even the optimist must concede it be long to change the complex human equition. The deluge could be stemmed and its impacted lessened, but it will impact us nonetheless.
Break out the tools
Adapting is a requirement, a skill humans are particularly skilled in doing. Everything needs to be considered including how we live, how we eat, transportation, resource management, waste management, nature conservation.
The ultimate expression of understanding and encapsulating our existence is the growing interest to set up the human hive independant of Earth, somewhere new.
Beyond Earth, humans have already continuously lived for over a decade. Having to furnish everything is a challenge many are taking up.
Science and technology have brought us closer to being able to understand, build and collect for the ark. This happening all around us.
There are many heroes today fighting to slow the rising flood waters, and building models of the airtight human expansion away from home. Heroes are defined by their followers. We must celebrate and embrace their efforts to make it right, knowing the direction to go.
Do your part
We won’t pick the same ways to get there, but our goals should be similar. Live well, in consideration of others. Take digital photos, and leave light footprints.
No one alive today may get on, but we will tell stories of building it as part of the preparation. In this way, the building of the Ark is life of our planet growing to its next host.