Interview with inner-Self

Me: I don’t understand…

Me-Self: Maybe I refuse to accept reality as is…

Me: It’s like a bad dream that doesn’t go away, and it’s only getting worse…

Me-Self: But am I really different then the rest of them?

Me: I should do more indeed. But self-motivation is really tiring sometimes…

Me-Self: This shouldn’t be an excuse…Pathetic!

Me: Such a shame! How did we get here? Well, maybe I shouldn’t talk indeed, I haven’t proved anything yet, just maybe reading a bit more books than average Joe…Otherwise I am no different indeed: I live in a city (despite my preference for nature), I do pay a mortgage, I drive a car (although rarely) but complain every day over the quality of the air, I eat food – we all have to – , I do produce a 30 l beg of garbage every 1-2 day, I even eat meat from time to time! But how can I not do all this? Is life any different around the world?

Me-Self: Maybe in Bhutan…

Me: Oh, boy. Maybe wouldn’t be bad if this system resets? After-all, you need to reach the bottom to re-build something better….

Me-Self: Be careful what you wish…

Me: I have red stories how during the war, because of hunger, one is capable of terrible things. Imagine a real world-wide famine, with 8 billion starving people…

Me-Self: Maybe not all 8 billion…

Me: Well, yes, there is always the 1%. Those could build castles under-sea and wait-out any crisis…

Me-Self: You really think they have a plan B?

Me: Maybe not…they are too busy counting their own money…

Me-Self: Money – this strange man-made invention that allows unlimited wealth accumulation and power over the others…the same money I am so dependent on right now…

Me: I keep forgetting I am no different…complaining alone doesn’t help! I don’t understand…

Me-Self: Maybe better to start from the beginning. What is my point?

Me: Well, for one, I truly believe it is not fair for one species to send all the others into oblivion…

Me-Self: But who said life is fair? Maybe that was nature’s plan all along. Experiment until a perfect species is created, than others become irrelevant…

Me: Doesn’t make sense…

Me-Self: Maybe planned outcome was a species capable to actively colonize the Universe, rather then waiting for an asteroid to passively transport life from one place to the other…A species capable of brining other planets to life…

Me: Mars story again…Maybe for the next great species…I don’t see how people would get there and what they would do there…

Me-Self: Maybe that is the part I don’t understand and should try harder…

Me: In any case, fairness will eventually apply, if humans fail then they are gone…Like the dinosaurs who couldn’t pass the meteorite test…Nature’s way to RESTART life…so if Mars project fails, they better find a more sustainable way of living on this planet…

Me-Self: You always talk as if there is such truly “they” or “we”…

Me: Human-kind is not a bee-hive indeed…”They” also implies some conspiracy, a planetary one…haha! No way! People rather behave like a gang of hungry chimps…a large 8 billion gang, not hungry (yet), but greedy…

Me-Self: And you planned to educate them with your blog?

Me: Quite naive indeed…I realize only people who share my passion for nature will read my blog, those they don’t need to be convinced. The others I should reach out to…

Me-Self: Ok, worse case scenario, what would that be?

Me: As if it is not bad enough already…

Me-Self: Hm…

Me: I mean of course it can get much worse…But it is bad enough to be sure you are heading towards cliffs but you are not able to do anything to change course…Even the most well intended politician would be voted-out quickly trying to implement a real-sudden change of the status quo…It is bad enough to see the silent acceptance of all as a necessary evil, or even the ignorance, when the nature and its other species are being destroyed…

Me-Self: There were other mass-extinctions before, as you gave the dinosaurs example earlier…But here we are, thanks to that event…and by the way, we did reach the Moon, that is pretty remarkable…

Me: Well, yeah…but what was the connection with the Western consumerism society?! In fact, communists were flying a man to space first…People may still achieve great things, especially now in science and space research…But less likely the next Einstein will come from some parts of Africa for example…because if he would be born there, he would be too poor to meet his materialistic needs and pursue his research, like he did in Switzerland, so he would live in poverty without ever reaching his potential…or he would emigrate as soon as possible. People in some countries have already been condemned to perpetual poverty, and as time passes, the harder is to catch-up…But it is all the same from Planet point of view, with no exception, everyone, rich or poor, is busy exploiting nature, for getting rich or survival…Can you ask Brazil politicians to stop cutting the tropical forests with their yet undiscovered species? I think they have already replied that rich Western countries have no right to ask this, and they will keep cutting until they will be out of poverty as well – rich countries already know that, because they are the ones creating the demand in the first place, so it is all a show for the worried voter’s eyes.

Me-Self: If someone is rich, there has to be one other poor. Either cannot be like in Imagine Dragons’s Thunder video, with all driving a Ferrari…People are like that, they won’t be happy for having a Ferrari, they will be unhappy because the neighbor has one as well. Anyway, what is the worst-case scenario?

Me: I think it is bad enough with current state: lockdown due to real or imaginary viruses, entire proximity forests sealed to keep people off when it would make more sense to impose a permanent ban on smoking,…

Me-Self: Good one! Try that…

Me: …border walls between countries, record temperatures, more and more climate disasters and climate refugees, less and less natural space for wildlife…

Me-Self: Worst case scenario!

Me: Man completing nature conquest! To live in a man-made world, as a domesticated being. Or a final war over resources! The WAR! Or ignorance taking over completely…Or stupidity wining over…Yuval Noah Harari warned “not to underestimate human stupidity” – makes sense!

Me-Self: Is there a solution?

Me: Could be 8 billion conscience-based solutions. But like the Covid vaccine utopia, they need to be applied immediately and to all in same time! And even if it was true, we see how this is going….

Me-Self: Pretty pessimistic today!

Me: I truly believe people are born good, or at least they are not born evil, but they quickly adapt to today norms – which have no long-term future – as they learn by copying from their parents/peers the status quo. Strange man-made inventions, starting with “money” or “nation states” expose you from early age to a set of pre-defined values and goals, a very specific, individualistic and competitive way of thinking, with consumerism bombarding your young mind before you learn how to read…With great effort, if not impossible, you can keep your children away from this socio-economical-cultural environment these days. But with great parental patience, if well guided at young age, although with great difficulty, as adults they would know who they really are and what really matters, would easily filter all man-made cultural and social norms from the natural reality, and they can bias-free judge anything that comes across: real or fake, worth doing or not, good or evil…A truly new upgraded generation, genuine citizens of Planet Earth, different from average person today, who, as Ryszard Kapuscinski puts it: “is not very curious about the world…he is alive, and being somehow obliged to deal with this condition, feels the less effort requires the better…whereas learning about the world is labor, and a great, all consuming one at that…most people develop quite antithetical talents in fact – to look without seeing, to listen without hearing – mainly to preserve oneself within oneself…”. We need to scale-this up, we need a solid base of such upgraded-minded people!

Me-Self: One sure needs hope to carry on…Is there enough time?

Me: Who can tell really? I hope I can see some changes during my life-time…so far I don’t see any tangible change. And I don’t understand…

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