A Species Muse

I’m not one who dwells heavily on the past year, nor do I subscribe to new year’s resolutions. I tend to look inward throughout the year, going over my actions (or inaction), reviewing whether or not I treat others the way I want to be treated, etc.

Mostly, though, I worry about my fellow human beings and wonder if we’re aware of how close to “the end” we are. Are we capable of becoming more aware of how aligned we are with nature? For I believe that is the only way we’ll be able to curb the damage we’re doing to it and ourselves. We cut down trees without replacing them. Like there’s another source of oxygen for us on this planet. We kill off species, not realizing how closely linked all living things are and if the balance continues to become, well unbalanced, how dangerous that is for everyone and everything involved.

I’ve said that the worse thing that could have happened to our species was the Industrial Revolution. Think about how much simpler life was when we were an agricultural society. Sure it was hard work! Sure we were uneducated! Sure we didn’t have the “creature comforts” we enjoy now, but we were closer to each other and nature. We’d get up and out before dawn to work in the fields. After sunrise we’d return home to commune with our families over breakfast, then back out to the fields. At noon we’d go home again and be with our families and share another meal. Back, again into the fields and then cap off the day with another meal at the family table. Now, we have to schedule family time and dinners because there’s so much more to do, due to the new technologies that come out ever day. Now we spend insane amounts of money to buy foods; organic or otherwise. (Have you seen how expensive it is to eat healthy?!) There’s something wrong with our current picture.

We, as a species, worry so much about insignificant things like can we pay for our weaves (hair), or what kind of car/house will make my friends and acquaintances green with envy? Some of us worry about our children in as much as how their behavior will reflect on us, rather than whether or not they’ll become peace-loving, empathetic, compassionate people.

Think of how much could get accomplished if we worried about our fellow human. Would there be hunger or poverty? Is a society that believes that the one who dies with the most toys wins, a society capable or worthy of survival?

I shake my head in sadness and disappointment when I hear about our government holding the people who elected them hostage, just so the people who paid for their political campaigns can hoard the millions they’ll never be able to spend in their great-grandchildren’s lifetimes via taxes.

I weep inside when I read about whole countries who don’t have the “luxury” of calling themselves “third world”, because their infrastructure is non-existent due to a natural disaster. Sure, we humans have created organizations designed to deal with these tragedies, but are they equipped to do it successfully?

Having been born and raised in a capitalist economy, I say this knowing how difficult it would be to change. However, there has to be a better way. When people I know try to explain why things are so bad these days, how we got here from an economists’ POV, I can feel my eyes roll over in the back of my head, because the explanation defies, well explanation! Anything as complicated as our economy sure needs to become simpler so that all can benefit from their hard work; and, not just the people for whom we work!

If the only constant in the universe is change (good or bad), then we as a species (because we’re not aligned with nature) better catch up with the rest of the universe. Though I think a societal change back to the pre-Industrial Revolution days might be a tall order, it would certainly change our focus back to us as a species and possible cure a great many of man’s “ills”.

How about we unite under a human society; a society that leaves no one out. A society that takes care of its own, that stands for inclusion because you’re human, rather than exclusion because you don’t look like me, don’t make as much money as I do, don’t worship like I do, don’t know the “right” people, or don’t like on the “right” side of the tracks.

Maybe it’s time for a race revolution for the only race that should be important…the human one.

Just my humble two cents…

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About adauphin04

Humanist, feminist, writer, filmmaker. Ford is an alumni of Bloomfield College, where she majored in Media Studies/Communications and minored in English Literature. While attending Bloomfield College, as a single parent she worked full-time, was on the High Honors list, and a member of the National Honors Society. As a graduate, Ford was listed in the Who’s Who of College Students in America. She has been working at Westminster Arts Center for eight years, is an avid reader and film-goer, writes novels, graphic novels, screenplays and poetry. She is currently working on a feminist docu-drama entitled, "You're Not the Boss of Me!" She is also currently in pre-production with her first feature film "Being Free". Ford lives with her son, Jason, and their pets: Boo (a cat) and Akasha (a ball python). Ford and family are beginning a new chapter in their lives and relocating to Colorado in October 2016.
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