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Camille Granito Mancuso: Chatterbox

Dystopic topic

MChatterbox once talked about how so many films depicted our future as a vile dystopia, as opposed to a world of wiser people having restored it to its full fertility.

Many people do work, around the world and/or in our own backyards, trying to get it right. Thinking about the future we’re leaving to our kids, grandchildren, and the world population, we compost, garden, or live as organically as possible.

Many of the world nations have greatly lowered their resource footprint and legislated to keep it that way.

Some nations recycle trash into clean energy, subscribe to organic food growth, and think creatively to protect their land. Many nations’ leadership actually believes what 97 percent of the world’s leading and informed scientists’ findings support on climate change. They pass laws that work for the survival of humanity, as well as the flora and fauna which make survival possible.

Denial is a very strong opponent in any contest. Convincing anyone of anything when he or she is unwilling to listen is nearly impossible. Convincing someone who will not even hear is impossible.

Unfortunately, those who continue the practices that devour the planet’s ability to support life as we know it will also cause the demise of those who work to save it. There is no success in an application of cure which doesn’t remedy any disease in full.

Many of us remain very hopeful that the dystopia we’ve seen predicted in movies and literature will not be the future for any of us. We hope using the lessons needed to be learned, and the changes needed to be enforced, will create a blissful reality for all.

Our planet and all her resources are vital and needed not just for sustenance but as imperative components of our planet’s delicate, and largely still undiscovered, ecosystem. That ecosystem isn’t here to be utilized until vaporized at our disposal. It’s part of a cyclical life sustaining system, one thing built and relying upon the next.

Pollution affects land, air, flora, fauna and water. It changes ocean temperatures, which affects coral reefs which affect fish survival, sea life, water cycles, planet temperature and weather, the migration, feeding habits and reproduction of animals, the air, our ability to grow food on land or harvest it from the sea, on and on ad infinitum. Everything is connected, cyclical, and dependent upon everything else. With all we do know, we still literally lack the knowledge of far, far more.

Many writers whose books on the topic of the future world, though written long ago, predicted many of the very issues we are dealing with today. The authors must have actually read that handwriting on the wall.

Many movies have, similarly, predicted a depressing, highly militarized, controlled and monitored future world. They depict life as a severely crowded and polluted hardship under kleptocratic or oligarchic rule. It’s a sad prediction of what our world could become.

Most of us would rather envision something else: a world of free people living life reflective of lessons learned and remembered – lives lived in the truth that humans don’t rule the world’s resources but, rather, are their caretakers, as well as one of, the world’s resources.

We can look at our future dystopia or utopia and realize we’re currently faced with a difficult choice. Right now, it’s easier to just keep doing what we’re doing and hoping for the best.

We hope the planet will, somehow, magically heal itself. We hope further assaults on our land, air, and waters, rich in the natural resources necessary to a healthy planet and life, magically, will have little or no impact. We hope our actions won’t eradicate too many strains of life that have medicinal and planetary benefits yet to be discovered. We hope we don’t kill too much in the environs where mysterious and necessary species of life survive.

I read, recently, what hypocrites we are; we cry out for clean energy while still driving our cars, heating our homes, and living with all the comforts negative energy provides. Whoever wrote it was right, but reducing life on the planet to a contest of survival is obviously not the solution. Furthermore, it’s not necessary.

We need to exploit all the planet friendly assets we have … and there are many. Many we know of; many are successfully utilized by other nations; many we have yet to discover – if we work at it and stop ignoring the obvious.

Dystopia is no place to live.

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