- Sanyu Nagenda
- Santa Monica, CA
- United States
What - short of mass extinction - does the Earth have to do to get the respect it deserves from our species?
In what we've come to call "Western" culture, the voluntary communal relationship has more or less died. There are no "Elders" that are respected and expected to be wise, and there is little consideration for any living being, or intelligence, outside of our own species.
In what we've come to call "Indigenous" culture, the Elder is a respected aged person who is also expected to have gained the wisdom of their experiences. Because of this, this person is often sought out for advice and knowledge; and, even if not, generally dispenses knowledge just by living, breathing and speaking with others.
From an "indigenous" point of view, the Earth is the greatest Elder resource that we have on this planet. It is to be respected and it is expected to dispense wisdom to the rest of the Earth populace.
Considering this, what - short of mass extinction - does the Earth have to do to get the respect it absolutely deserves (after all, doesn't it provide EVERYTHING we use aside from light and night) from our species? What obstacle must the Earth put in our species way in order for it to finally be sought out for its knowledge on existence?