©2020 C. Henry Martens
Are you a parent, a Sunday-go-to-meetin’, white-bread, liberal, neo-Fascist, evolutionary, meat-chompin’, brown-skinned, atheistic, anti-gun, beer drinkin’, vegan, poverty-line, concealed weapon totin’, wine sippin’, classic car drivin’, hard core Limbyte believin’, teetotalin’, bicyclin’, Smashmouth listenin’, capitalist, pot smokin’, organic veggie eatin’, prayer to Mecca person?
Or any other descriptor you can think of? Any label? Any political persuasion? Any diversity of race or ethnicity or national origin? Any member of any organization, religion, or lack thereof?
Because it doesn’t matter. None of it matters if we (you) don’t survive.
The human race has a common purpose. A common goal. A common theme. A common interest. A common planet.
We are ALL riding the same little blue and green ball through the vast expanse of the universe… and we have nowhere else to go.
If you think your children will survive to die of old age, comfortable in their beds and surrounded by loved ones… you might be wrong.
Sixty percent of the natural animal biomass on the planet has disappeared in the last fifty years.
Let that sink in…
It does not matter what you believe. It does not matter if you are a Latter-Day-Saint, capitalist, Republican with a plural marriage and a tap on the welfare system, or a Nepalese boat captain, or a nudist, multi-lingual, margarita-drinking, performance artist.
Our world is dying, and not a lot of people seem to be aware. Certainly not a lot of people with priorities like turning a buck, or planting seeds between the legs of a young woman, or inventing the next viral tech.
A lot of people are in active denial.
And this is where we save the world… IF we care enough.
Those of us in the know, we few with an awareness of present circumstances, MUST inform those around us until they have that sudden epiphany… and realize their futures and dreams and even their progeny are at risk.
And this is where it gets sticky. Because we have a perception to overcome. People see us as (whatever) because we project (whatever) to those people. They see us as liberal or conservative, educated or ignorant, religious or not, animal rights advocates or realists, someone with good information or the family wacko. People have either already formed an opinion of whether we are worth listening to, or they are basing their automatic opinions on a first impression.
Either way, we have to have our ducks in a row. We must shun the wishful thinking that makes easy-to-believe propaganda attractive… and use real figures and real statistics that are backed up by legitimate sources. To attract the most attention to our concerns, to influence the most people, to incite the most positive change, we must use the best information and appear to be the most reasonable.
This means that if we are vegan or omnivores, conservative or liberal, religious or atheist, or any of the labels we so easily apply to ourselves, we must drop them… and place our higher calling to the survival of the planet as our priority… and we must project that to those we are trying to inform.
The rest doesn’t matter.
We have a commonality of purpose if the world is to survive. That is not too strong a term. It is time to recognize the fact that animals are disappearing. Disappearing for unknown reasons in many cases.
We human beings are the only species that have been given the abilities to destroy our own environment. Let us be intelligent enough to recognize what we are doing and to both recognize and discover the means we are employing to self-destruct. And let us take the necessary steps to reverse the damage we are doing.
We have the commonality of survival.