On differences between human population limits and those of other organisms,
“Both the jayhawk and the man eat chickens; but the more jayhawks, the fewer chickens, while the more men, the more chickens.” – Henry George, in the Criticism section of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malthusian_catastrophe
“[T]he more men, the more chickens” can pan out in a few different ways, and the pros and cons of those ways will probably write the future history of our population. This highlights a great potential we humans have for bringing about heaven or hell here in Middle Earth. A key metric distinguishing the two: agricultural externalities. The food you eat, where does it come from? How it’s grown, what does that do for all creatures involved and affected?
Unless we learn to recognize and accept all parts of ourselves – dark and light, near the surface and in the depths – we may be destined as a world to a prejudice far worse than what we face now, due to more extreme conditions in the near future testing our patience about ourselves.
What to do with the dark parts of ourselves we cannot reconcile with? I think it depends on perspective. All things have a place in nature, eating someone and being eaten by someone else; those things which have no place can cease to exist, eaten and not returning, or migrating to a more suitable habitat. What is the force of succession within us? What are your internal ecosystems, where your light and dark exist? Are they at peace, or are they troubled and troubling?
The task at hand – the sort of psychological progress Carl Jung focused on – is a deeply personal one. Yet, it may be a critical work for the future of humanity.
I & I
a world of wonder
where friends and community members are the public servants we all occasionally need; therapists, counselors of all kinds, even police for relatively minor issues, with serious issues responded to by a force of law and order well trained in deescalation
where conflict is resolved as in a championship game of _________
and where reasonable design & decisions, along with just laws, guide us to minimal conflict in the first place
where problems are preferably solved with evolving perspectives rather than expanding equipment
where doctors and spiritual guides are one in the same, both aspiring for you to aspire and be well, and with a healthy system to help them help you
where medical prescriptions are more a matter of what ingredients you’ll be enjoying for the next couple of weeks than anything else
and where forests and gardens are called upon for to aid our health more than pharmacies or gadgets
where our snacks come from our window sills, our staple crops from plants that grow greater every year rather than having to be killed and (with increasing difficulty) renewed each year, and where meat is seasonal and from animals we live in peaceful harmony with rather than as slave masters of
where decentralization, regenerative designs, and scaled down systems make wars in resource rich places next to obsolete
where empathy enables one another to be fluid, flowing toward being the best one can be
what do these things mean? surely they are not perfect; how can they be improved?
Beats mes – the world is a web of complex adaptive systems.
Here’s hoping to see you in a world of renewed intention and more perfect priorities.
שלום שלום שלום, אהבה אחד