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I saw this commercial the other day which showed a wild nature vs. a network of concrete highways and on the picture with wild nature it said “you were born for this”and on the picture with a network of concrete highways it said “and you live in this”.
I disagree with such statement.
We weren’t born for anything — we adapt, we always adapted (we are capable of adapting) because the world is changing constantly.
Thus there is no right environment we should live in. It’s just that sometimes we didn’t have enough time to adapt — and we died.
But what we currently have is our natural environment — this is the environment and it isn’t what it was 100000 or 10000 or 1000 or even 100 years ago. It’s not as green, and not as clean, and not as quiet, and not as raw (pure), but it’s our environment (the one we currently have at our disposal).
Of course, we can complain that today nothing is the way it used to be millennia ago. We were closer to nature, to each other, we ate only unprocessed food, we walked only on raw terrain, we weren’t polluting the environment. But, what’s the point? Can we go back? Maybe if we could reduce the world population to 500 million we could live as we once used to.
Of course we can try to limit (or even eliminate) our behavior which is destructive to some parts of the world (to ourselves) but sooner or later there will be new ones (new behaviors). It will never stop. Our actions will always affect the environment (changing it in the process).
Doctors tell us that because we have certain anatomy we should avoid this or that, but they fail to factor in the evolution (they assume that our bodies shouldn’t change and they do change tiny bit by tiny bit (and why shouldn’t they — because we wish they wouldn’t? because we learned this or that about human body and assume that it will not change?). Just as they fail to factor in future developments of medicine / new treatments. Today they can no longer accurately predict that a certain person will have a problem 10 or 20 years down the road (something will deteriorate to the point of no return and doctors will not be able to help you — judging by the current state of medicine they will not be able to help you, but what about the medicine of tomorrow?). I visited such doctor a year and a half ago — he completely ignored future developments in science and, judging only by what is accessible to the majority of people today, he concluded that certain bad things will definitely happen and that nobody will be able to help). I regret not having been able to process all this information and connect the dots (using what I know about the flaws of our thinking) fast enough to be able to tell him how flawed his conclusions were.
Is it really a reason for being worried all the time, the fact that we are not as close to nature and to each other as we used to be, that we eat much processed food instead of unprocessed, that we walk on concrete instead of raw terrain, that we’re polluting the environment. Unless something destroys the current world entirely (the current environment ceases to exist), will anything ever go back to how it was 100000 or 10000 or 1000 or 100 years ago?
I doubt it.
Thus, maybe it would be better if we didn’t obsess about not being able to live in our “natural environment”, in this raw, wild, pure environment which is no longer there, that instead we must live in something which will never go back to what it once was (unless something hits “our planet” really hard)? We wouldn’t be as scared of the living (our future) I guess. We wouldn’t constantly blame ourselves for who we are and what we do to this planet (the universe). We wouldn’t be as stressed out — maybe it would translate into better relationships between us (in general). Maybe there would be less space for fear driven behaviors (like wars, conflicts, fights, etc.).
We will not stay the same, our environment will not stay the same and our anatomy will not stay the same.