Hieronymus Bosch - The Garden of Earthly Delights - exterior
Scientists have painted a rather grim picture for the future, saying that, for one thing, there will be 11 Billion people on the planet by 2100, and they will all want cars. Let's see, how shall we deal with over-population ? Try for Mars ? Pray for an asteroid ?
Do you favour a dramatic, War/Plague/Famine/Death scenario or a Peace/Health/Feast/Life one ? In fact they are both happening simultaneously. Apocalypse simply means 'lifting of the veil'. Once we wake to the honest truth, it becomes apparent that change requires effort, personal responsibility and a complete overhaul of how we each think and live. Or we can just carry on and let disaster force the overhaul.
Symbolic, milestone-type changes - like a woman president or a cure for cancer - are wonderful, but temporal. They are markers, but they will not save us. Below are a few other suggestions (and I realize I'm preaching to the converted with a message in a bottle). Feel free to add your own. Many of you are already implementing change and are frustrated that our so-called leaders are so far behind. Actually, they are also teachers - they serve to remind us of our icky parts; greed, selfishness, vanity, narcissism, delusion. We are all one, remember ?!
Right. Well, for starters, we really need to get back in sync with nature/natural time. We were warned, after 2012, end of the Mayan cycle, to do so, but we did not, and so we continue to stumble. Everyone has their own cycles within nature's, too. Simple, really, you just look up - is it light or dark, how full is the Moon, where is Venus - yet the imposed grid keeps us pinned.
This one is obvious, but I still see people in front of me at the check out, buying products I can't believe exist, but they do. How on Earth did our grandparents live without enviro-hazardous, one-time use things like Lysol ready-wipes, dryer sheets and floss threaders ? And we do not need facial scrubs or toothpaste containing plastic micro-beads, no matter what anyone says.
Try to make do with less, because more ends up in a landfill or worse, the ocean. Plant fruit and veggies instead of lawns. Seed bomb edibles. Become more nomadic. This won't help curb the population, but it might help conserve resources for things people really need in order to live, like water and air.
While you are spreading your seed (doh !), think about how our outdated value systems (and the institutions which uphold them) regarding wealth/money, education, medicine v healing, religion v spirituality, stewardship v dominion, gender, etc. may have contributed to our current predicament. No action exists in a bubble. In other words, many factors contribute to over-population, it's not an isolated issue.
Respect the feminine ! It is imperative that we restore and/or maintain women's control over our own bodies and our say in reproductive matters. We must remove, stand up to and vehemently ignore the patriarchs who tell people they can't use birth control and to keep breeding. When a woman is free to choose, she generally doesn't choose to have a child every time she has sex. Enforced motherhood for teenage girls is just medieval. As is genital mutilation. And in countries where boys are valued over girls, women have to keep trying for a son and the little girls end up in orphanages or worse.
"The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation, because in the degradation of woman, the very fountains of life are poisoned at the source," said Quaker activist, Lucretia Mott.
When we trash Mother Earth we trash our own bodies (mini-Earths) and vice versa. As within, so without. Low self-esteem keeps us not caring what is in our lipstick or cologne or washing powder as long as it makes us more attractive, like the ads say they will. Rabbits are naturally beautiful, and you will be too if you are compassionate towards them. Guaranteed.
Recognize death as a transitional part of life, not the enemy, and practice un-attachment, so that 'life' means more than physically existing as long as possible. That's a hard one to kick.
Some say that as more and more species become extinct, they are incarnating into humans, hence the numbers. But we still have to learn how to be total human beings, not just humanoid in form.
Are we too addicted to our Neptunian hallucination to change course in time ? Will humankind just end up bleeding in an alley ? Or will we collectively get a grip, go to rehab and get cleaned up ?
Again, we can take some solace in knowing that things are getting more bad and more good at the same time. But hear this - nobody is going to save us except ourselves ! If you believe otherwise, it's time to lift that veil.
Details of the Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch (via Wikipedia)