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Thought #26. Be all eyes.

Look around you. Things are objects, stuff, concepts, matters, affairs, facts, features, tasks, phobias, obsessions, remarks, possessions, equipment. People are people like your husband, your wife, your son, your grandmother, your archenemy, a stranger, yourself. And then there is your thing, your cup of tea, what floats your boat. Life is all about that but, what are the unique or essential components required to live a life?

As of April 2017, we are 7.5 billion people in the world. If you could ask them all the same question, each one would give you a different answer. Maybe that is precisely one of the characteristics that make us human, our ability to think independently.

Our planet Earth is suffering, struggling, fighting a losing battle. Our planet is finite and so are its resources. We must become aware that indefinite population growth is not an option. Experts have been raising concern about overpopulation for a long time. The reason is simple: it is the main cause of environmental pollution, mass unemployment, depletion of natural resources, severe poverty…  Yes, you may want to stop reading this post right now but, by depicting a dismal future, contrary to all your expectations, I would like to convey a message of hope.

One of best ways to contribute to a better future is by thinking ahead. It could be as easy as foreseeing any long-term problem and trying and doing our utmost to achieve sustainable development, once and for all. We have enough data to figure out what are the most urgent needs.

Try to type in “sustainable development” in your preferred search engine. If you are a lazy person, you can utter “Hey Siri” or “OK Google” and that should do the trick. The question is why we have not done anything yet.

The essential components for human life are water, air, food and adequate shelter. If we fail to take careful care of them, we are in big trouble. So, it is time to go and look for solutions. Rack your brains and contribute. We need to be wide awake. We ought to look around us but also ahead of us.

Thought #16. One step forward, two steps back.

Life is perfect as it is, at least for people like me who seldom foresee a dismal and gloomy future. It is called having a positive attitude towards life. I called it a “Life Is Too Short” attitude. On the one hand, some individuals appear to be hardwired to love their own life whilst others seem to be prone to detest their existence. Consequently, attitude exerts a large influence on living life to the full.  There are, of course, people who occupy the middle ground and that is fine.

The crux of life is the resourcefulness of living beings to overcome all manner of hard times, tragedies and misfortunes, though this should not lead the reader to think that creatures are always hardwired to thrive. Dinosaurs died out millions of years ago and, according to the WWF, species as diverse as the Amur Leopard, the Mountain Gorilla or the Vaquita (the world’s most rare marine mammal) are on the edge of extinction.

How can we pave the way for a prosperous and enriched planet Earth? There is no easy answer to this question, at least not a definitive answer. Nevertheless, sustainable development could be an approximation to this challenge. I know full well that the moment the word “sustainable” is heard, a combination of boredom, scepticism and utopia immediately springs to any mind. Moreover, it has been thus far unable to effectively tackle global problems such as poverty or climate change.

Fortunately, a good many of lively people do believe in human brains (more than in brawn). Its phenomenal power has not been hindered by, for example, narrow-mindedness or pettiness. Seemingly, evolution continues unstoppable with the course of time. That is good news. We have not run out of time yet.

I must admit my lack of knowledge when it comes to reporting scientific advances. It is certainly not my field of expertise. So I am nowhere near understanding the origin of species, evolution, the causes of global warming or their effects on animal life. On the other hand, you do not need to be an expert to grasp the root of contemporary problems.

We are too many people: overpopulation. We overuse the natural resources: overexploitation. We do not believe in sustainable development: blissful ignorance. We do not take care of our environment: ridiculous foolishness.

After watching Planet Earth I & II, an astonishing TV series and a landmark in the history of nature documentaries, I do really love life, all sorts of life. No sooner had I started to watch the first series than my mind completely changed. For those who have an inquiring mind I strongly recommend binge-watching Planet Earth. Sir David Attenborough’s insightful comments will never disappoint a sensible and sentient person like you. Flippancy is not allowed. Only a couple of chapters and I promise you will end up watching it with rapt attention. Attenborough passion is buoying as a companionable friend.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. One step forward, two steps back is not that bad.