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The Earth is Alive

It is not a being in a manner we can absolutely comprehend. It's deeper mysteries are probably too much for our abnormally large monkey brains. We can make good guesses as to its nuances and behaviors, but how do we prove anything above the level of the idea we believe there to be a molten core at its heart? We believe it breathes and maintains its temperature through the trees, the air, and the ocean. We can make good guesses at all this, modeling to best of our knowledge what it all may look like, and predict its future behavior, but we don't actually know, for certain.
Which may seem like a weakness to some. We're nothing more than animals, really. We follow the strong, and the strong are certain. Uncertainty seems alike to fear to some.
The Earth is alive, and it is ancient. We are mere insects to it, really. Its age is unfathomable, honestly. We can only imagine a time before humans. We wish for a sense of superiority, as though we're somehow important in the grand scheme of things, but our own age is nothing. At certain points in the Earth's history, great beasts roamed the lands, creatures so large we would not have survived as we are now. And even for these great beasts, the Earth changed, its lands shifted, and the air and water heated or cooled as needed for the Earth to maintain its own self. Massive numbers of animals died, with precious few surviving the upheavals that we believe to have happened. We have evidence, numerous bones bleach in the sun for us to study, and yet despite all these bones, it's still scant worth to know in full whatever happened way back when. Perhaps someday we should be lucky enough to leave our own bones in the sun for the next great intelligent civilization to study, and to ponder over.
We should be so lucky if we were to last another hundred years, let alone the thousand and millions of years people somehow think we're entitled to. We've affected the Earth's behaviors, its patterns. We've dug up the old oils that naturally sink into the land in order to empower our machines. We've borrowed the power of the Earth to enrich our lives, and yet, we've hardly understood the consequences of doing so.
The Earth is powerful, and we are great beasts who've harnessed its power for our own needs, but we are still only beasts. We do not understand just how mighty the Earth truly is in comparison to ourselves. We've freed its captive gases to use for power, and the Earth in turn begins to releases these same gases in full on its own, because why not?
Well, actually, the real reason is simply cause and effect. An idea we've known about for ages, but can't actually fully understand, because we're actually nothing more than jumped up monkeys, and nothing at all like our concept of what a god might be. Not if we've allowed runaway climate change to begin, which is what we did, with nary an ounce of restraint. We're definitely not god-like if we did that, and didn't consider the consequences.
Well, to be honest, there were, and there are some who've been warning us all for years, for decades. They were and are ignored, though, because they are weak, really. We are nothing more than animals. We obey the strong. We bend at the knees for our leaders. Wisdom goes unheeded for the sake of expediency.
Perhaps we deserve to go extinct. We've not become more than what we've always been, which is stupid violent beasts. Perhaps we should slink back into the forests, and live amongst the trees, because we don't deserve to live on as we are. Actually, we probably shouldn't continue to live on as we are. Going back to the trees would probably be for the best.
As we are now doing, however, we are simply finding more efficient methods of murdering each other. Someday, probably sooner than later, now, the Earth will probably do us all the favor of killing us all at once.

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  1. I set a goal for myself this year. I am going to teach one of my granddaughters how to start a fire with sticks. It might take a couple of years, but I think if she can master it, it will be something that she will never forget and it will be something that she can pass on to her kids. Being fire starter might make you a very valuable person in future.

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