201 – Presence …

Although I don’t actually feel it, my body is constantly changing: Cells die and are replaced with new ones that already know the functions of those they are replacing; my heart constantly pumps re-oxygenated blood to revitalize every niche in my body; my brain and nervous systems constantly adjust to meet emotional and physical changes.

These are but a very few of the many amazing feats my body is constantly accomplishing. But there is another one: A mysterious, astonishing feat, yet so fundamental I could not exist without it. I refer to the process through which the combination of the myriad components of my body collectively generates the Presence, the Persona, I project into the world.

And as astonishing as this is, there is something even more astonishing about me: Of all the living species I know of on Earth, I … homo sapiens … have become self-conscious of that Presence to an extent that I can trace its development, not only through my own personal history but through the evolutionary history of the species. But somehow I have become incapable of taking responsibility for the impact my Presence makes on the world. And as a consequence, I am facing an impending environmental upheaval of terrifying proportions.

Is it not astonishing? It has taken homo sapiens eons of grueling evolutionary processes for me to become conscious of my Presence in the world, but because I don’t want to take responsibility for what it is doing to the world, I might be wiped out, without a trace, from the face of the Earth.

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2 Responses to “201 – Presence …”

  1. Mundo says:

    Kirk, I am in complete agreement with you on the fact that, since the majority of those making the decisions for humankind has not been able to fully accept the devastating consequences of our exponential population growth and greedy consumerism on the natural world, we will face the decimation of the species by catastrophic events. And the survivors, if there are any, will have to go through an epoch akin, or worse, to the dark ages after the fall of the Roman Empire. The hope for humankind is that, after the horrors of the dark ages, we woke up into the Renaissance.

  2. kirk says:

    MUNDO – Glad to read that you are back as the keyboard with insight and thought provoking Summer blog.
    On the July 15th input: yes we have insight to our impacts and if fires and floods do not cause one to stop and reflect it just shows the degree of self involvement we have adopted.
    There are really many people that have a sense of responsibility especially for the use of resources and distribution of wealth. while those individuals and groups have a small impact, I suppose that a full world-wide change will likely slowly evolve after a substantial change to the number of people here (on the planet) after many small (or large) tragedies.
    Reading and seeing the impact we are having on our oceans right now is transforming to anyone able to sit for a hour or two, watch and think. Yet it may take a continual reminder to people at a time of life that they comprehend what is happening, before any action is taken.

    Most people are in a camp of those intending to eat or dislodge diminishing numbers of animals (plants) within a species until we are down to the last one. I puzzle at that but I know we have exhibited that time and time again.

    I do not know if we are not taking responsibility for our actions due to being incapable as you write, or rather just being selfish. I think the latter. [Okay, some people likely don’t really grasp the impact of their actions — we have an expression for that — DUH!] Mostly I think people know but do not care!

    Have a fun day ahead – reflecting some and enjoying just who you are and where. 🙂

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