90 – The Destructive Dominance of a Pernicious Belief …

The belief that we are separate from Nature is pernicious and deeply entrenched in the Western mindset.

  • It is tearing us apart.
  • It is inciting conflict, war, genocide, disregard for human and any other form of Life on Earth.
  • It is fostering the fallacies that Nature is something to be controlled and taken advantage of, and that ‘unlimited growth’ without regards for its consequences is the measure of Success.

It is thus we are diminishing the chances for a viable future for Humanity.

The perception of separation from Nature is difficult for us to overcome because it is what the evolution of our organic senses devised early in our development as a mechanism for survival. But we are an indivisible part of Nature as Nature is a part of us.

As science has taught us, Light is particles and waves; not one or the other but both at the same time. Light is made out of the subatomic particles we call Photons which diffuse in wave-like patterns as Light interacts with environments. Both manifestations are inseparable complements of the phenomenon of Light.

And so it is with us. The Human species is particle-like in the sense that humankind is made up of individual human beings that interacting with one another and with environments, populate the surface of the Earth in the wave-like patterns of migrations, beliefs, traditions, behaviors. Although the great majority of us enters the progression of Life to be ensnared by the fallacy of Separation, we are inseparable complements of the wave-like evolutionary unfolding of the species we call Humanity. We may feel a sense of autonomy but cannot exist separate from human experience and the environment that gives us Life. Autonomy cannot exist separate from what allows it to feel autonomous.

Isn’t it proof enough that we are inseparable from something greater than us; something that throughout our evolution and without human input determines that more or less half of humankind is born to produce eggs, while the other half is born to produce the sperm to fertilize them?

For centuries, especially for the Western mind, we have been taught to believe that we are a ‘special creation’. This belief not only obscures the Fact that like all mammals, each one of us becomes a part of Life only because of the fusion of cells imprinted with the primal urge to re-generate, but it also promotes the pernicious belief that we are entitled to consume without regards for the consequences of our actions on the environment that gives us Life. This is a betrayal of our nurturing nature, and it has turned us, as a whole, into a destructive and uncaring species. Under this belief we have become an aberration of what we are meant to be: we are promoting, worse, rewarding selfishness, irrationality, greed, destruction, instead of nurturing Life.

We are not separate from Nature; we are a part of Nature and Nature is a part of us.

Revised August 2019 

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