I have an A list of stupid human beliefs.
Denying the existence of human-engineered climate change. Making a woman’s personal choice a political issue. Hate crimes. Opposition to any form of weapons control. Believing the Tea Party. Releasing sequestered carbon, using untold energy, spending megabucks and endangering lives so we can pull non-renewable oil from the earth while ignoring free abundant energy that streams from the sky and blows in the wind. Transporting GMO food grown by megabusiness around the globe instead of supporting small and local. Overfishing.
Putting it one place I see I’m just getting warmed up, so I’ll move on because it all has one belief in common. The grandfather of stupid human beliefs — that we are separate from and above Nature. Separate from and above the delicate workings of the Biosphere. Separate from and above the enclosed web of extinction of plants, forests, icebergs and (other) animals.
This belief is so wrong and so infinitely destructive I give it a super-A list of its own. N.B.: It’s not science. It’s not fact. It’s pure belief. Personal and societal mythology. Therefore it can be changed. If we control human hubris long enough to open our eyes. If we care about the human legacy on this fragile, small planet.
If… then so much would change. I’ll start with an update for modern times of Jonn Donne’s famous Meditation 17.
No man being is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent, the whole
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is We are all the less.
As well as if a promontory, a rainforest or a species were.
As well as if Because a manor of thine own
Or of And thine
friend’s friends’ were.
Each man’s All death diminishes me us,
For I am involved in mankind we are all part of the same web of life.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee us.