The Law of Economy demands Give and Take
Remember when you were little and you tried to cheat on or lie to your mom and she always knew. Somehow moms know their children better then children know themselves. I remember clearly that trying to cheat on my mom I faced three dilemmas – I felt bad and my conscious would always play tricks on me, my mom would know anyway and the consequences always were worse then telling the truth. I came to realize that telling the truth about something bad had less repercussions than trying to cheat and lie.
Listening to Don McClean’s American Pie while writing about cheating on my mom makes the story line somehow turn to how we treat mother earth and how the American dream is a parallel to Don McClean’s poetic lines: “Something touched me deep inside the day that the music died.” and¬† “I met a girl who sang the blues and I asked her for some happy news, she just smiled and turned away” and then “I went down to the sacred store where I heard the music years before but the men there said the music wouldn’t play while the three men I admire most, the father, son and holy ghost, caught the last train heading for the coast the day the music died and they where singing…. bye bye Mr. American Pie…”
I noticed that the next song on my iTunes playlist was “Crime of the Century” by Supertramp. Strange coincidence or simply fate, since my playlist is randomly generated. I first heard this song in 1974 in my hometown Heerlen while Supertramp was still a relatively unknown band and made me an instant fan for life. Not that I really comprehended the lyrics in those days, but once I bought their vinyl record and started studying the lyrics of the song I knew that someday greed would play an overburdening role in the destiny of mankind. I was 15 years old back then and had no clue of what I would like to do with the rest of my life. Supertramp changed that all for me and I set out to be the best I could be in whatever I would do, because that is what I admired about Supertramp in the many concerts I went to see since that first time. Perfection without frills and thrills, without cheating. Simply fabulous musical talent only duplicated in perfection by the Eagles.
Now, some 35 years later I’m pondering about my past and future in a society that asks the same question day in and day out….over and over again: Can we cheat mother Earth? Most of us claim we can because she’s patient and forgiving, she’s allmighty and too big to fail.
Now there’s a term we “invented” that may proof to be our collective arrogance and ignorance in assuming that our pitty creations can withstand the law of Economy.
Law of Economy is just a phrase for many yet it may proof to be the ultimate universal law. In reality we are so arrogant in thinking that the laws of mathematics is our sole universal language. What if mother Earth doesn’t speak that language? Why are we so arrogant to believe that constants are just that… constants. Nature and mother Earth proof us wrong time and again. 2009 was to be a moderate to heavy hurricane season, based on our constants yet proved to be a fizzle. Now the same forecasters (Prof. Grey et al in Colorado) that made those predictions on their scientific mathematical calculation are seeking proof and cover-up for their “incompetence” to reclaim their authority by using a child,¬† el Ni√±o, as the scapegoat. As with children they have no clue what really moves el Nino or la Nina.
What if mother Earth decides that it is time for landmass expansion and a new continent the size of Australia violently rises to the surface? What will be the consequences? Foremost the basin that holds all seawater will all of a sudden have to deal with trillions of gallons of water displacement and nowhere to go than flood the low laying areas of the current landmass!
Can we mathematically calculate this occurrence based on constants?¬† Are we so arrogant to believe that it is not possible because our mathematical calculations are founded on currently known constants?
Is mother earth fallible? Yes, but in our desperate quest to put everything in “drawers” we think she can’t be. Mother Earth has to act and react according to our arrogant rules and if not, we come up with explanations that fit our calculations. Who’s fooling who here?
What if we base our knowledge gains on an absolutely wrong foundation? We either think everything right, yet we execute everything wrong, or is it reversed? We think everything wrong and execute everything right!
What if the laws of nature follow the laws of economy? Is there proof that the law of economy is the sole foundation why evolution occurs?
From my humble perspective, it is. Nothing is a constant since the constant is defined by variable factors. The constant alters based on conservation. Mother Earth is a cracked egg shell floating on liquid plasma or magma consisting of thousands of variations of the C or the Carbon molecule. The carbon molecule is the absolute center and cornerstone of all dead things and all things alive. It exists in solid, liquid and gaseous state and is known to hibernate, jump ship, escape and return in expansion and contraction.
The next important molecule is Nitrogen since without its existence we would not exist, yet it is often overlooked as a rather unimportant molecule. It has a special bond with Carbon since its presence in co-existence defines structure, while the presence of Oxygen provides both Carbon and Nitrogen a chance of “life” together with Hydrogen.
This eggshell we live on is like a floating Ice shelf and when Mother Earth decides to burp, it will do so on her terms and not based on our mathematical constants, but instigated by the law of conservation or economy. Yet we like to think we can calculate when she’s going to burp. Tell that to the victims of Indonesia’s tsunami, or the victims of the numerous earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and harsh weather conditions around the world. Mother Earth decides where it’s going to rain, snow or cause a dry spell. Mother Earth decides when and were a tornado will strike, a hurricane is formed and where it will be heading and we, the castrated spectators with our almighty arrogant human super capabilities and knowledge, witness the onslaught mother Earth is bestowing on us and “hope for the best”.
We are arrogant to allow cities like New Orleans to be built¬† and rebuilt on land that is below sea level without sufficient protection and use double pirate’s eye patches while like ostriches stick our collective heads in the sand in hopes that a Katrina won’t happen again based on statistics for another 30 years. We humans live by statistical data day by day. It guides us in the decision making processes yet when dealing with Nature all statistical bets are off even though we analyze those data the same way as the chance of being hit by a truck in Montana.
We allow cities like New York and the island of Manhattan to build skyscrapers of hundreds of stories in such close proximity that if, God forbid, a category one hurricane would hit the city dead-on wind velocities would increase, due to the proximity of the skyscrapers, to over 300mph (equal to a Category 5 tornado on steriods) and will funnel through those towering colossus. But no, statistical data shows that the chance of a direct hurricane hit in New York is 30,000 to 1 or thereabouts. Tell that to the possible millions who will perish or their surviving relatives when one skyscraper is going to tumble the next and the next, like an endless stream of tumbling bowling pins.
We collectively called the 911 suicide bombers terrorists because they were of a different nationality and different religious belief. What are we going to call those architects, city engineers, money hungry moguls and construction companies playing russian roulette with the lives of millions of people? Patriots?
Don’t get me wrong, mathematics is a pretty exact science, yet when used in equations that deal with Mother Earth,¬† One plus One may just not be Two. Mathematics and statistics are human inventions and have no place in evaluations of risk and outcome when dealing with this Third Rock from the Sun. Statistics have no meaning and will not alter her mind based on our Almighty intelligence. If it’s statistically impossible, count on it to happen – one day.
Over time only the critical observation of nature has thought us something about the risks of arrogantly defying its power, yet we constantly keep changing the variables for her to respond to.
Lying and cheating on international agreements to reduce carbon emissions and territorial behavior on our neighors has done nothing more then dirtying our own nest. The term global warming is indeed cozy and doesn’t instill any fear. It shouldn’t have to, but a collective promise to decrease our carbon footprint to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and then snicker about how we cheated on our collegial neighbors, has done nothing more than cheating on ourselves. Mother Nature doesn’t care if we do or don’t cheat, it will stubbornly continue its path to correct an evolutionary mistake. It has done so many times before in our planet”s history. The liars and cheaters are not going to be singled out but the innocent who had no say in our collective greed or stupid ignorance will be paying the toll as well.
Indiscriminate Mother Earth will demand a ransom that may alltogether be too steep for anyone to pay and only those that have held¬† the laws of nature in utmost regard, while living in harmony with them from generation to generationn will possibly have a distant chance to survive its fundamentals.
Don’t be mistaken, Mother Earth is the only real Bank we borrow energy from through extrapolation of fuels, mining, lumber and construction materials. We have never really considered paying her back other than a mini tree planting ceremony here and there, possibly destroying its natural balance in the process.
Is Mother Earth too big to fail us? Time will tell what price we’ll have to pay.
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