It struck me the other day that I’ve never heard anyone ask this question:
“As the human race, do we care if we survive?”
Beyond the recession, beyond the melting polar ice caps and beyond the sun itself I would like to know where we stand. This isn’t meant to be a romantic question. Nor one of legacy. It’s a straight forward question. Do we give a shit? Do you think you know? Walk with me.
It’s Like Dating
When you date someone, you may go into the relationship thinking,
“I want to find a mate to marry and have kids with.”
This is your internal compass. Or you might think,
“I don’t know what I want. All I know is this seems good right now and I’m going with it.”
Neither is better. The latter leaves more to the wind, pushing that person in the direction of its choosing. The difference is that the first version of yourself wants something and you keep that in mind when making romantic choices.
Applied to humanity, do we want to survive? Some assume we do as some assume everyone wants to get married and have kids. That assumption is not mirrored in reality. I’m not so sure people care that much beyond the end of their own life. And that is neither good nor bad. The question merely begs to be asked.
If we DO want to be around thousands of years from now hanging out with friends, making jokes and eating fabulous snacks, we might want to start keeping that in mind when living our lives. ESPECIALLY when making group decisions about how we invest in our future and upkeep our home rock.
We’re, in essence, dating our planet. I don’t know if we care where that relationship goes.
If Humanity Were a Business
If humanity were a business, our bottom line would be survival. I’m not a big fan of putting profits before people, but I’ll tell ya what. The bottom line in a capitalist enterprise is a HUGE motivator for people. Are we making money or aren’t we? No matter how adorable your crafty little gems might be, if they’re not selling on Etsy, your lil’ corporation is kaput.
In the business of survival, our way of life might be fabulous, but if it means falling into the red, we’re belly up. In the economy of life, it doesn’t seem like we’re making very wise business decisions.
A Time Sandwich
Think of the last 2,000 years. It’s been a while. We’ve had humans advance us forward and we’ve had humans push us back. The last 2,000 years has been one heck of a bunny hop.
Now think 2,000 years into the future. In the year 4k, I might get distracted from my point and wonder what language we’ll be speaking or what color we are. I might hope there is chocolate still and that we treat each other well, but I snap back to reality. ARE WE STILL EVEN ALIVE?
This very moment is like the middle of a fascinating time sandwich and I’m nibbling it, pensively.
Our Bottom Line
I admit I’m biased. I don’t want humanity to find itself done for. Ever! I want us to continue on as long as the universe can hang in there with us. Nothing is promised. Nothing is preordained. Our behaviors now effect the foreverness of our species and right now we are blowing in the wind. I’d rather set sail.