For millions of years, the night side of Earth had been invisibly dark, until Man said, “Let there be light!” And there is light. Thus has arisen the First Critical Symptom of Earth’s Six Planetary Diseases.
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Krishnamurti
And all the worse if that profoundly sick society is situated in a profoundly sick world.
This is a little too figurative? No problem. I’ll make it literal. The Earth, yes, the planet, is profoundly sick.
And let me be specific. The planet Earth is afflicted by not one, not two, not three, but six Planetary Diseases, any one of which, if it happened to you, could kill you. The Earth have all six, and not only are you living on it, you are an integral part of it.
Speaking again figuratively, these 6 planetary diseases can be analogized to the deadliest six human diseases, namely:
1. PLANETARY CANCER –
Cancer is an internal threat. It is rogue cells in the body, of the body, multiplying unchecked, consuming the body from within, until it dies. Thus, ultimately, the cancer destroys itself. In terms of the planetary diseases, the “rogue cells” are biological entities that call themselves “Humans”, which belong to the rogue species that calls itself Homo Sapiens, meaning “Man the Wise”. Man-the-Wise evolved into being from the Biosphere in the very recent geological past, and has remained an integral part of the Biosphere ever since. Originally, it lived in harmony with all fellow life forms, but somewhere along the line, it underwent a dual internal mutation, a religious one and a technological one, which caused it to multiply unchecked and enabled it to exploit the planet with unprecedented efficiency. It is a dual exponential trajectory which, if allowed to run its course, would devastate the Biosphere, and Man-the-Wise along with it. There is only one possible saving grace for Man-the-Wise as opposed to cellular cancer, and that is Free Will. To be or not to be – a cancer – that is the question.
2. PLANETARY AIDS
The Stratospheric Ozone Layer is the planet’s Auto-Immune-System. It protects the Biosphere from the damaging UV radiation from the sun, which could cause anything from melanoma to blindness (imagine blind lions and blind eagles) to genetic mutations to wholesale die-off of plants. If the ozone layer is stripped from the Earth, the Biosphere would by and large be sterilized, except in caves and oceanic depths. In recent decades, out of millions of years, a hole in the ozone layer has opened up in the Antarctic, and one has opened up in recent years in the Arctic. Though banned from the aerosol can, the CFCs already in the atmosphere is still doing their destructive magic.
3. PLANETARY CONSUMPTION
“Consumption” in medical terms is akin to wasting disease. In planetary terms it refers to loss of habitat, biomass and biodiversity, due mostly to deforestation, desertification, overfishing, overhunting and climate change, the convergent result being Mass Extinction.
4. PLANETARY FEVER
This refers of course to global warming. Global warming is necessary for life. Without global warming the Earth would be as cold as the dark side of the moon at night. It is the sudden increase in warming that could decimate the Biosphere. The human body needs warmth to be alive, thus the 98.6F. It is the sudden rise to 108F that will kill you. Biological evolution and adaptation are slow. If the warming is fast, species could have nowhere to go but extinct.
5. PLANETARY SELF-POISONING
This includes anthropogenic pollution of all kinds, from CO2 to CH4 to CFCs to heavy metals to dioxins and furans. In the atmosphere are thousands upon thousands of new chemical compounds never seen in Earth’s history, some of which, of course, are poisonous to life. Note that the poisons did not rain down from space, nor dumped here by aliens; they are all created, intentionally or as by-products, by humans. Most of these chemicals are poisonous to humans.
6. PLANETARY SUICIDE
If during the Cold War the US and the USSR committed Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) by total nuke exchange, thereby wiping out life on Earth, it would look like the US vs the USSR only to humans. To extra-terrrestrials, it would be the Earth killing herself. Man-made global warming likewise, just a slightly slower death.
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Anthony Marr, Founder and President
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