Love and Incest:
How We Treat Each Other and How We Treat Our Mother Earth
I’ll just start off with saying it how it is, I LOVE nature. I mean, I really love it. It is undeniable the closeness we all share with the natural world, although we make vain attempts to distance ourselves from it. Simply being a part of Earth’s biosphere constitutes an intimate and interconnected relationship between us and the environment. Now it’s well acknowledged in our society – especially in the Western world – the concept of incest is highly frowned upon. So I would like to pose the question, why are we raping our Mother Earth? We see in our day-to-day interactions how we consume constantly. The average American consumes far more than any other person hailing from a different nationality. Now the products we consume don’t just come from nowhere, the resources used to produce them come from the Earth. We’ve got a whole lot of people in this world – 7 billion in fact – and an ever-increasing demand for more resources and more products.
While our demands may vary, however, one thing we as humans are constantly seeking is the notion of happiness. However, it should be known that the harder one searches for happiness, the more difficult their search becomes. Unfortunately, people don’t realize this so we seek outlets for happiness in various forms. We see it in our desire to consume various products sold by companies with the claim that their product will contribute to our increased “happiness” or contentment. Now that’s a load of bull. You can’t simply buy happiness. Innately I think we understand this and you can see it through our desire to connect with each other through our use of social media. Again, unfortunately, we do this the wrong way as we engage in digitized interactions which simply won’t suffice for the loss of physical interaction.
You’d think that with a growing population and growing connections via social media, we’d become closer as people. However, a certain law proposes that the more we have of something or the more readily accessible it is, the less we tend to value it. This applies just the same for humans. This is because our relationships begin to lose their significance as we place a lesser value on the individual. It’s a shame because our interpersonal relationships are fundamental to the foundations of happiness, that very concept we so strive to achieve.
This lack of value leads to the exploitation and itemization of the individual and you can see this in methods used in advertising by consumer-based media. Unfortunately, this exploitation of people leads to the exploitation of the environment since our products don’t just come out of thin air. However, we fail to see the impact of our consumption because we’ve created enough of a distance between ourselves and the natural world.
Our personal identity hinges heavily on our surroundings. The inputs we receive from others and society largely set the terms for how we view ourselves and our place in our community. I say community because as I said earlier, we’re all a part of Earth’s biosphere and play a significant role in its ecology. We can’t distance ourselves from our environment because our identity comes from it. How we view ourselves determines how we view and treat other people. What this means is how we view each other is highly reflective of the way we view other people because as we distance ourselves from each other, we become distanced from our own self-identity and hence our environment. This doesn’t solve the issues of environmental degradation or human interaction but if we want to attack them properly, we should first ask ourselves the simple question: Is this love or incest?