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Nov 23, 2022 09:28:01   #
Capt-jack Loc: Home
 
The more we learn about the worlds in our solar system and beyond, the more we realize that Earth is a special planet. Just take a look at pictures of other worlds to see why. Earth is special because it is covered in water but also has dry land, allowing for a spectacular diversity of life. It also has an ozone-rich atmosphere that protects the creatures crawling over its surface from outer space's constant hostility in particular, from cosmic and solar radiation.

We live in a blue womb, an oasis of life in a Cosmos that is lifeless, cold, and inhospitable everywhere else we have been able to look. If there is life out there, and we all hope there is, it is far away and out of touch. Earth's climate, warm and stable, allows for life to thrive and to explode in its diversity. A short stroll through a jungle or a coral reef and we are bewildered by the ecological wealth. We encounter myriad plants and animals struggling to survive, searching for food, and trying to preserve their genetic imprint from generation to generation. Life uses the present to create the future. Life is where matter meets purpose.

We don't celebrate our collective mother enough. We are too lost in our tribal differences and disputes to gaze on the core of who we are. We are ungrateful children, the kind we don't want our own children to be. We are disrespectful of our parents, the kind of children that once they leave home, never look back. There is a crucial difference, however: We cannot leave our collective home. When we try, we quickly realize how much we need it. (The movies Gravity and The Martian come to mind. Or just try climbing a 14,000-foot peak and check how you feel up there.)

We may eventually find other Earth-like planets. We might someday terraform worlds to become more like our own. But frankly, these fictional scenarios are far away from the future. Our existential problems right now are rooted in the very real climate crisis, which we must address immediately. We cannot afford to dream about living in other worlds while we continue to destroy ours. As holds true for our own mothers, even when our stepmoms are as great as mine was, they will never be like the real ones. Rather than looking out there in space for solutions to our current mess, we should be working as hard as we can to mend our ways right here.

It's a bad idea to shit where you eat and sleep!





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Nov 23, 2022 11:28:58   #
permafrost Loc: Minnesota
 
Capt-jack wrote:
The more we learn about the worlds in our solar system and beyond, the more we realize that Earth is a special planet. Just take a look at pictures of other worlds to see why. Earth is special because it is covered in water but also has dry land, allowing for a spectacular diversity of life. It also has an ozone-rich atmosphere that protects the creatures crawling over its surface from outer space's constant hostility in particular, from cosmic and solar radiation.

We live in a blue womb, an oasis of life in a Cosmos that is lifeless, cold, and inhospitable everywhere else we have been able to look. If there is life out there, and we all hope there is, it is far away and out of touch. Earth's climate, warm and stable, allows for life to thrive and to explode in its diversity. A short stroll through a jungle or a coral reef and we are bewildered by the ecological wealth. We encounter myriad plants and animals struggling to survive, searching for food, and trying to preserve their genetic imprint from generation to generation. Life uses the present to create the future. Life is where matter meets purpose.

We don't celebrate our collective mother enough. We are too lost in our tribal differences and disputes to gaze on the core of who we are. We are ungrateful children, the kind we don't want our own children to be. We are disrespectful of our parents, the kind of children that once they leave home, never look back. There is a crucial difference, however: We cannot leave our collective home. When we try, we quickly realize how much we need it. (The movies Gravity and The Martian come to mind. Or just try climbing a 14,000-foot peak and check how you feel up there.)

We may eventually find other Earth-like planets. We might someday terraform worlds to become more like our own. But frankly, these fictional scenarios are far away from the future. Our existential problems right now are rooted in the very real climate crisis, which we must address immediately. We cannot afford to dream about living in other worlds while we continue to destroy ours. As holds true for our own mothers, even when our stepmoms are as great as mine was, they will never be like the real ones. Rather than looking out there in space for solutions to our current mess, we should be working as hard as we can to mend our ways right here.

It's a bad idea to shit where you eat and sleep!
The more we learn about the worlds in our solar sy... (show quote)


Excellent post Jack....

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Nov 23, 2022 19:44:44   #
America 1
 
permafrost wrote:
Excellent post Jack....
Excellent post Jack.... img src="https://static.... (show quote)


In total agreement.

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Nov 24, 2022 07:50:20   #
Big dog
 
Capt-jack wrote:
The more we learn about the worlds in our solar system and beyond, the more we realize that Earth is a special planet. Just take a look at pictures of other worlds to see why. Earth is special because it is covered in water but also has dry land, allowing for a spectacular diversity of life. It also has an ozone-rich atmosphere that protects the creatures crawling over its surface from outer space's constant hostility in particular, from cosmic and solar radiation.

We live in a blue womb, an oasis of life in a Cosmos that is lifeless, cold, and inhospitable everywhere else we have been able to look. If there is life out there, and we all hope there is, it is far away and out of touch. Earth's climate, warm and stable, allows for life to thrive and to explode in its diversity. A short stroll through a jungle or a coral reef and we are bewildered by the ecological wealth. We encounter myriad plants and animals struggling to survive, searching for food, and trying to preserve their genetic imprint from generation to generation. Life uses the present to create the future. Life is where matter meets purpose.

We don't celebrate our collective mother enough. We are too lost in our tribal differences and disputes to gaze on the core of who we are. We are ungrateful children, the kind we don't want our own children to be. We are disrespectful of our parents, the kind of children that once they leave home, never look back. There is a crucial difference, however: We cannot leave our collective home. When we try, we quickly realize how much we need it. (The movies Gravity and The Martian come to mind. Or just try climbing a 14,000-foot peak and check how you feel up there.)

We may eventually find other Earth-like planets. We might someday terraform worlds to become more like our own. But frankly, these fictional scenarios are far away from the future. Our existential problems right now are rooted in the very real climate crisis, which we must address immediately. We cannot afford to dream about living in other worlds while we continue to destroy ours. As holds true for our own mothers, even when our stepmoms are as great as mine was, they will never be like the real ones. Rather than looking out there in space for solutions to our current mess, we should be working as hard as we can to mend our ways right here.

It's a bad idea to shit where you eat and sleep!
The more we learn about the worlds in our solar sy... (show quote)


I remember finding a tree that had collapsed under its own weight, only to discover that it had been so throughly eaten by carpenter ants that it lost all structural integrity. That’s what humans are doing to the Earth.

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Nov 24, 2022 10:22:03   #
Capt-jack Loc: Home
 
Big dog wrote:
I remember finding a tree that had collapsed under its own weight, only to discover that it had been so throughly eaten by carpenter ants that it lost all structural integrity. That’s what humans are doing to the Earth.


No one seems to see there are two people on the planet and we are growing at a faster rate! Collapse is imminent. 8 BILLION and 385,000 are born every day!

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