I was listening to Cormac Cullinan being interviewed on the radio (KBOO) about his book and movement “Wild Law”. Simply explained, I’d say he thinks we can (must!) save the biosphere and, therefor ourselves, by acknowledging the legal status and rights due nature; to expand beyond the definition of rights that only relate to human dominance or property and make the interests of the elements of the natural living world themselves defensible by law. And while he and the interviewer seemed to mostly say what I was thinking I also want to add this:
The Earth is incredibly special. I know our species has spent many lives unlearning that concept and getting to the point where we can appreciate how insignificant we must be in this vast violent cosmos but that is to our credit. It is those giant leaps in consciousness and perspective that have elevated the value of the human race in the rest of creation.
Let MrKettle cut some corners for today and just give it too you straight: the entire universe co-arises. The underlying power that creates it is, ultimately, of a single motive. From an unchanging “place” of infinite energy, light, and possibility there manifest layers of ever increasing form and meaning until we get to the physical; the realm of universal limitation and constant change. There is a conservation but reconfiguration of behavioral elements at each stage.
Let’s look at our Earth for a second. Imagine a perfectly accurate model the size of a desk-top globe. It will look and feel totally smooth. You won’t be able to feel Mt Everest or the great trench in the Pacific. The biosphere, the layer in which all life and weather occur, reaches from two miles below the earth surface up to the highest clouds you’ve ever seen, will be microscopically thin. That’s where we live. That’s where we stay secure from space where is’s 285°F in the sun and -200°F in the shadows. Owing to the characteristics of the Earth’s gravity, atmosphere, and proximity to the Sun it has most of it’s surface covered with one of the rarest things in the universe; liquid water.
Next we’ll look at our moon. It’s oversized for the Earth. Created four and a half billion years ago when a small planet smashed into the Earth, it originally orbited just 13,000 miles from the Earth and gradually moved out to it’s current orbit of 238,000 miles. For now, when it is exactly between the Sun and the Earth, it perfectly blots out the solar fireball leaving the corona witnessable to the naked eyed viewer. A feature much rarer than water.
If the number of planets in a galaxy is about equal to the number of grains of sand in a dump truck, Earthlike planets ( we’ll have them be blue grains) will only number 3 to 7 grains. If we took about twenty dump trucks of sand and dumped them onto a lot, only one would have a moon doing eclipses like ours does and for a narrow space in time ( we’ll paint a yellow spot on that lucky grain that will fade out after awhile).
Choosing a grain at random in that lot on which to paint our fleeting yellow dot, what are the chances of choosing a blue grain? How about during the the one-half millionth of it’s life that humans exist? It can’t be a coincidence that all these elements are present together. They must be connected.
The most horrifying concept I’ve ever considered is that we could be the only sentient life in the universe. No matter how you look at it, this life on Earth is very spacial.