As I sit here waiting for the plane to depart I can’t help but reflect on a few things about humanity. It is incredible that we’ve achieved so much in our short time here, we have electricity, buildings, easy access to transport that can take us around the world, we have everything essential to provide the easiest life possible (well we are getting there anyway), but none of us seem to appreciate it.
We are happy to take advantage of everything there is to offer and give nothing but money, a man made construct, back. Few of us try to save our beautiful planet and see the reality that everything we care about (other than other human beings) doesn’t really matter. Strip it all away and we are still human, we’d just have to work a lot harder at it. Material things are not what define us, they are what destroy us.
I was at a concert in Dublin over New Year (which was amazing) and instead of enjoying the moment and the music everyone was taking selfies and sneaking videos of the bands, even I found myself posting about my experience on social media. Why is this? Why can’t we just live in the moment instead of living through a screen (says the person typing on her phone on a plane). We are more concerned with telling people we attended something than actually attending them.
The big question I ask is what would happen if it was all stripped away from us tomorrow? Is there any way we would survive? I doubt it. I imagine millennials would fair worst because we’ve had everything handed to us on a plate, we haven’t had to build the skills necessary to get all our own food from nature and cook it using fire, or the skills to even build a fire with out googling how to do it first. We have barely had to lift a finger and figure things out by ourselves because why should we when the older generations have sorted it for us already? Sure we can provide new things, but only using the technology we have had through out our lives.
If we were stripped of everything but the natural earth would we build up an “I’m rich and powerful so will steal from the poor to keep it that way” mentality again? Or would we finally have the sense to realise that at the end of the day we all live and we all die so we might as well make it bareable for everyone and not just a select few. Would religion rule us again? Would we be praying to a higher being who may or may not exist but appears to be our only hope? How would we cope with having to walk everywhere? With out modern medicine or soaps/shampoos etc? Having to build up a community again, would we be inclusive or exclusive? Would racism exist again in the plight for survival? Every man for himself.
Would we start again and create a more efficient earth or create the same man made monstrosities that currently fuel the planets demise? Would we create leaders? Would things be the same as they were billions of years ago or would we use our advanced knowledge to develop everything quicker? Would we be happier? In having to tough it out would we make things easier for our children? As you can tell I have far too many thoughts and questions on this topic all of which will probably never be answered.
The truth is we will never know unless it happens, and boy do I hope it doesn’t because I would be deceased very very quickly. So as I sit here on a man made plane going home to my man made flat I am thankful for everything around me and overly aware of the fact that time is also a man made construct so I should worry about it less and enjoy my life more as I really don’t have that much to be concerned about.