Less Is More
We live in a finite world. Only so much land; only so much water. Human beings are very adaptable creatures. We find ingenious ways to stretch the limits of land and water but the question is: Are we living within our means? There is a point of diminishing returns. It’s a choice between quantity of life versus quality of life. The more we increase human activity, the more we diminish the quality of life for us all.
Building on more land reduces nature, fewer plants and animals. It also increases usage and stress on the infrastructure such as vehicle traffic and noise pollution. With less open space for humans to enjoy nature and more stress upon our fragile lives, the quality of our existence becomes degraded immensely.Where do we draw the line? Should new projects be allowed for the sake of new jobs? Los Angeles has allowed this to the point of insanity. Why not preserve our existing undeveloped spaces to be natural rather than cash cows? Better yet remove blight so that the currently abandoned sites can be allowed to revert back to nature.
We have already abused our sources for water. Making fresh water from salt water is no solution. It only creates more expensive pollution problems. We cannot continue to “rob Peter to pay Paul”. That’s like burying our heads in the sand. It will catch up to us eventually. The ocean is not limitless.
We have problems with pollution in our environment. We have problems with diminishing food supplies and water supplies. We have problems with global warming. Our species is overpopulating and destroying our connection with nature. Life has become a world of fear and stress. The fun is gone.
Nature has been evolving for billions of years. The system works. A balance has been achieved. Plants and animals have coexisted in a Balance of Nature through many trials and errors. When resources are depleted, life slows down and occasionally becomes extinct. Some thrive upon abundance but eventually the pace reverts to a comfortable level. Humanity must learn from these lessons. Trust Nature, Believe in Nature, Worship Nature. It is our only salvation. This is a tiny miraculous planet. It is our home and sanctuary. If we do not cherish and support our humble existence in the world of Nature then we will become extinct. We are stewards of the land, we do not own it. Nature owns it.
Everyone everywhere must live within our means and simplify our lives. Less is more. The less we complicate things the more we will appreciate our beautiful and fun lives. Have compassion for one another, selfishness is another form of pollution. Walking in the footsteps of nature and embracing the togetherness of humanity will bring us Peace.
Skip Kadish October 23, 2012