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    Mother Earth; The Human Virus

    by: Betsy L. Angert

    Tue May 01, 2007 at 01:09:54 AM EDT

    Animation about Earth

    © copyright 2007 Betsy L. Angert

    Earth is ill.   The virus that invades this planet is human in nature.   This strange little creature has an ego that multiples and magnifies its significance.   "Persons" think themselves so important they ignore the essence of every other life form.

    Humans invade all space and slip into every crack and crevice on this planet.   Individuals propose it is "Manifest Destiny."   Man and womankind believe they have a G-d-given right to expand and possess the whole of this terra firma.

    Betsy L. Angert :: Mother Earth; The Human Virus
    People think themselves superior.   Thus, he and she slices and dices other mammals.   Those that walk on two limbs, label these helpless beings delicacies.  

    Humans leave no stone unturned on this Earthly terrain.   "Civil" creatures believe themselves astute.   They generate electricity.   They manufacture machinery; they pollute.

    Nothing seems to stop these selfish individuals.   They are parasites.   Human beings produce and re-produce.   These simple souls create "products" that kill.   Their chemicals cause plants and other animals to choke.   Fish flounder.   Ice melts and the temperature of the ocean waters rise.  

    Humans deplete Earth's natural resources, and create substances that fill the land with waste.

    Two-legged mammals even destroy themselves.   They consume vast quantities of sweet cookies and creams.   Carbonated, high fructose corn syrup beverages consume them.   Lattes, whipped and sugared lard may make these critters lazy.   People grow fat.   Yet, they are never happy.

    Persons think contentment will come.   However, they convince themselves that sheer joy is only possible if they conquer every other entity in their path.   They destroy as they travel this rocky terrain.  

    Soon they will need to find other solar systems to inhabit.   Earth continues to crumble.   Human litter floats throughout the Milky Way.   It will not be long before this globe and surrounding galactic bodies are left in shambles.

    Might we find a cure for what ails our Mother? Perhaps not.   After all, we are the problem. Sigh.   Change is a challenge for us, the self-serving humans.

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    THIS EXCELLENT ESSAY (10.00 / 3)
    I've heard there is some hubbub over this brilliant mini-treatise.

    I do not understand the commotion.  It is not presenting anything that hasn't already been reported in many other conscious literary arenas.  The only thing that may be unique about it compared to those articles is that it is concise and compact.  It does not belabor the point, it states it clearly with compassion and with what might even be called scientific accuracy.

    If we were looking at our behaviour as an outsider might--some other life form more grand than we--we might indeed conclude that we behave much like a virus does on an organism it is ultimately endeavoring to devour, not because it is conscious, but because the virus does what it does, which is to multiply and invade healthy cells.

    In trying to show us what many, most, of us do to contribute to the problem, the piece presents scenarios and asks questions.  Questions only we can answer for ourselves, armed with knowledge, will, and a caring awareness.

    "armed with knowledge, will, and a caring awareness" (11.00 / 1)
    Dearest anonymous . . .

    I thank you soooo much. 

    I posted this treatise at another site and have been accused of being disgusting, suicidal . . . it goes on. 

    I too think my message is not new.  Humans are hurting the planet in many ways, too numerous to state in this short response.

    I think mankind has the means to choose consciously.  I believe we must.  From the individual litterbug to the corporate creepy-crawler we must honor Mother Nature.  She gives abundantly.  We destroy all her gifts.  For me, this is beyond sad.

    I trust that humans are basically good.  We error so that we might evolve.  Currently, we claim to acknowledge the havoc we wreak.  However, we offer shortsighted solutions.  These do not serve us well.  What we haphazardly and half-heartedly do does not ensure there will be a Seventh Generation.  I want man and all beings to survive.  Our relationship with each entity is symbiotic and I believe essential.

    It is only the giving that makes us what [who] we are. ~ Ian Anderson. Jethro Tull

    Betsy L. Angert


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    Excellent essay. (10.50 / 2)
    The trouble as you say is us humans.  We are the cause and the solution to the problem.  The question is if or not we are going to make the necessary changes to save our world. 

    The video software is not available at work.  I'll try to view later at home.

    Northington for Congress

    we need not choose as we have (10.00 / 1)
    Dearest possum . . .

    Ah, it is always a pleasure to come upon your comment.  I breathe more deeply when with you.

    I agree; we need not choose as we have for hundreds of years.

    Yes, we act a some germs do.  However, there is  good bacteria too.  We can choose.  If we are special, I thought that free will was the source of excellence.  Sigh. 

    I look forward to your thoughts after viewing the video.  I thank you so very much for sharing your beliefs.

    After feeling as though I have been sliced and served up on a platter, it is good to know that not all think the ideas presented in my missive are so awful.

    It is only the giving that makes us what [who] we are. ~ Ian Anderson. Jethro Tull

    Betsy L. Angert


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    HUBRIS IS THE PROBLEM (8.50 / 2)




    video (10.00 / 1)
    I love those old-style propaganda videos.

    Anyway, great article!


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