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10 Shared Principles for Human Earth Citizens

3. Know and Emulate Nature, Natural Systems and Life, and Allow and Help All to Thrive!

Know, nurture and avoid interfering with or harming the life supporting natural systems of Earth and its many diverse, living beings; help them thrive; have personal relationships with and emulate them.

The life creating and supporting natural systems of Earth and Earth’s astonishingly diverse living beings are precious and possibly unique.  We must not harm them, and we must do what we can to know, appreciate, allow, nurture, sustain and preserve them.  Without Earth’s life and life support systems, we’re all lost, and all else is irrelevant, because humanity cannot exist.  This is even more important than the existence or survival of humanity or any of its individuals, activities or other works.  Earth and its complex, beautiful, awe-inspiring, inter-related and inter-dependent webs of diverse life are far greater and more important than humanity or any human being.  We are parts of them, not superior to them.

With claims of knowledge reaching toward the edges of the cosmos, the smallest components of atoms, and the beginning of the universe in time, we know of no other planet or environment anywhere that supports life as we know it on planet Earth.  At least within this solar system, the life sustaining, complex systems of Earth and each of its life species are unique and valuable, and we must pledge to do no harm to them and to do what we can to support, preserve and sustain them.  To damage or inhibit Earth’s ability to foster and sustain life, in all its diversity, in any place or niche, or to destroy any species of life, by will or neglect, is ignorant, selfish, foolish, evil, self-destructive and unacceptable. 

We know life thrives on Earth without human interference. We must agree not to harm natural systems, life species or their evolutions, to stop doing what we know negatively impact them, and do things like:  

  • be deliberately conscious and aware of how our activities impact our environments and beings;

  • avoid, eliminate or moderate all harmful human-created waste, poisons, activities and creations;

  • limit human populations to sustainable levels, not only for humans, but also for other species;

  • assure Earth’s environments have clean, healthy air, land, water, soil and ecosystems; and

  • develop deep, personal relationships with nature and life, by being in natural systems and with thriving life, so we know, learn from, appreciate, emulate and benefit from them.

 

We aspire to become capable stewards of this planet, its living systems and each of its forms of life, but we must do so with humility and constraint, acknowledging that we do not know everything about the lifeforms, living systems and conditions that support life on Earth.  Even our well-intended actions can lead to damaging impacts, and we must endeavor to not do any intended or unintended harm. 

 

Life emerges, exists and evolves in extremely complex, inter-related and inter-dependent patterns of interactions between countless varieties of energy, structures, atomic elements, chemical elements, minerals, cells, organs, species, weather systems, light, physical forces, randomness, movement, temperatures, pressures, actions, reactions, creative efforts, accidents, spirit and consciousness. 

Our scientists now believe one human being may consist of a trillion cells and many trillions of atoms, with uncountable subatomic particles and activities converting energy to matter, and matter to energy, as parts of many different species, organized into many specialized and cooperative sub-systems, with consciousness, complex brain functions and abilities to self-organize, think, move, sense, feel, act and create.  We do not understand how a human being functions, physically, psychologically, emotionally or energetically, even though we are human beings.  Let’s acknowledge and appreciate that ignorance.

As a human exists as virtuous inter-dependent interactions of its components with each other, humans in turn depend on countless interactions with external conditions:  humans, other beings, food, water, light, air, elements, settings and systems.  No human, other life form, or anything else is independent.  We all coexist in mutually beneficial, interrelated and interdependent webs of life, energy and activity.  We do not understand how all of that works.  Let’s acknowledge and appreciate that ignorance.

We don’t understand it, but we acknowledge, appreciate and respect it, agree to try to not mess it up and to learn from it.  Life is very diverse.  There may still be millions of life species here on Earth we haven’t yet discovered.  We don’t know what humans are or how they work, nor what other species are or how they work.  We don’t even really know what “life” is.  It is certain, though, that there is much we can learn from Earth, its life support systems and many expressions of life that can help our continued growth and evolution.  Let’s humbly and gratefully learn from and emulate Earth’s systems and life.

 

Among its many species, there are life forms on Earth that can:  fly; live under crushing pressures in deep oceans; live thousands of years, self-navigate across vast distances; live both fresh and salt water; live on land and in water; regrow body parts; fly, walk and swim; self-reproduce; defend themselves in extraordinary ways; bioluminesce; change their skin patterns at will; produce extraordinary chemicals; produce fruits and vegetables as foods for others while they stay alive; shed their skins; build and operate within protective shells and exoskeletons; shed and replace those; see with remarkable clarity; see with energy outside the visible spectrum; produce medicines; produce thousands of offspring; operate with group intelligence; lift many times their body weight; fly backwards; navigate with radar; smell with incredible sensitivity; range across thousands of miles; have abstract thoughts; change shape; grow very rapidly; and much more.  Let’s learn from nature’s abilities, and model after its successes.

Arrogance does not serve us well as we attempt to grow our knowledge of the universe, Earth and life.  It’s wonderful that we can apply knowledge to do things, but, honestly, our knowledge is incomplete.  What we don’t know likely far exceeds what we do.  Let’s be careful and respectful of all, as we create, live and interact with other humans, life and systems, so we don’t cause problems.  The Earth is not here for us to control or exploit.  It’s here for us to learn from, live with, appreciate, enjoy and replicate.  Earth is the mother that produces all life we know of.  Respect the Earth, its life systems and life forms!  What we do must be respectful and sustainable and do no harm to Pacha Mama/Gaia/Mother Earth!

Healthy life support systems include healthy water, air, soil, atmosphere, land, sunlight, weather, food, forests, water flow systems, radiation protections, oceans, insects, microbes, lakes, minerals, fungi, animals, mountains, plants, gravity, temperature ranges and all our ecosystems and their components.  We don’t poison or change any of these.  We don’t do anything that substantially interferes with these, even indirectly.  We do what we can to bring these back into balance if we realize we’ve harmed them.

We evolved in nature.  We suffer various nature deficit disorders when we don’t have adequate quality time to experience and know, deeply and personally, what it’s like to be in balanced, healthy natural environments, where land, air and water are clean, sights, sounds, smells, tastes and physical sensations are pure, and energies are harmonious.  We need to drink pure water, breathe fresh air, eat fresh natural food, hear silence and natural sounds, see how wild animals behave in wild nature, and feel the spirit of life, thriving in natural balance and abundance.  We value that.  Nature is an amazing teacher.

Know, nurture and avoid interfering with or harming the life supporting natural systems of Earth and its many diverse, living beings; help them thrive; have personal relationships with and emulate them.

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