Here we are as modern, westernized humans. Addicted to material acquisition. Oblivious to the inner turmoil that has been so conveniently repressed. Humans are totally disconnected from nature. There is no need to mount up for search and rescue mission to find evidence of this. One need look no further than that ubiquitous, abandoned, half full or full bottle of water. I oft wonder why anyone would purchase something that is so critical to life, just to discard it, to cast it aside as if it could be easily replaced. Yet again, is this not a throw-away society?
The main goal of the western individual is to typically stay just far enough ahead of the bills so as to dispel worrying about them. There is the attention that is intently given to that directive. The prime directive becomes one of adhering to the repetitive role, day in and day out. This attention obscures much of anything else that is happening; be it internal or external. This places a drain on the individual that often goes undetected. Some emotions end up being repressed. The obligation to the daily grind is a big distraction to the pitfalls of this repression.
This repression of emotions and feelings lends to the disconnect (from nature) that is so endemic in society. Many have no concept of planting seeds to get food. Many people have no idea of how energies flow through (the) ecosystems. Some, I would dare say, do not know that water evaporates as gas which collects in the atmosphere to return as water. It is interesting that water is a most misused, underappreciated element. Yet, water is what drives and supports not only life on earth but, mankind’s industrial processes and material and egoic whimsies as well.
There is an easily accessed evidence to the disconnect of the typically western denizen from nature. It can be observed in the occurrence and proliferation of full or partially full discarded water bottles. Humans have allowed themselves to be socialized to believing the water is a disposable commodity. They have been induced by water becoming a marketable item. They then conversely treat that water like some other discardable material good. What good is water in a bottle. It will just sit there in plastic for a very long time. At the very least, why not pour it onto the ground if it will not be consumed. It can then be recycled back into systemic, cycling of water.
Truly, there is no personal sympathy that can be felt (that ‘I’ can feel) for the plight of humankind. Everywhere on the planet the mark of human disruption can be found (seen, touched, tasted, experienced). The most sinful is how water is bartered, traded, used, misused . . . . . communities selling their water rights to big corporations that proceed with levels of extraction that detrimentally affect those same communities. I might add that the prices which said corporations pay are miniscule in relation to the effects suffered by those communities. There is a quote from the book of Eli which can be applied to so much of what is currently occurring in society . . . . .
Solara: Well, what was it like??
Eli: People had more than they needed. We had no idea what was . . . precious . . . what wasn’t. Hmph!! . . . we threw away things that people kill each other for now!!
Solara: Huh!! . . . Really!!???