In the wild, animals are free. But, the wild is a very dangerous place. Animals kill to feed themselves. This is a lesson I learned from our cats. Why would cats choose to live with us in our houses rather than be free outside? Because it’s really dangerous out there for cats.
Our explosion of communication (a third house noun) has led to multitudes of videos being shared online. Some of these videos show animals that would normally be predator and prey becoming friends – the proverbial lion laying down with the lamb. I think that’s where we are now – the world becoming civil. All creatures sharing this world for fun.
We are at the point now that we can manufacture meat. In the future, we may serve the rest of creation by manufacturing food and shelter for all, in return for the service many creatures have done for us over many millennia.
We may also be at a point where we can control the climate. The research going into understanding climate change may provide a framework for an ability to manage our climate to the betterment of all creatures on our earth. In James Hansen’s book “Storms of my Grandchildren”, he suggests such a thing.
At this point in time, we are in a very dangerous place. Rising temperatures and changing chemistry, because as higher concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, are making huge changes on our earth. Our current techniques for the exploitation of petroleum are giving us earthquakes in many parts of the world. Sea levels are rising. We are seeing catastrophic floods. As Al Gore said in my Climate Reality trading, we are seeing ‘biblical’ like times.
But, I am hopeful for the future. A civil world full of play would be a very nice place.