Learning to share
Can we share the Earth with other humans? This question is the defining political question of the 21st century. This century is the century of either mass genocide, or mass cooperation. It will be one or the other. As sea levels rise, as societies strain, as governments crumble, people movements will overrun the Earth and refugees will seek shelter in safer places.
It is up to us how we respond to this reality. Will we put those refugees in camps? Will we let them die on their own?
Or will we respond with cooperation and with an urge to preserve civilization?
Can we share the Earth with other species? Scientists have concluded that to preserve ecosystemic harmony, half of the Earth needs to be left alone and given back to Nature. This will permit the global biosphere to recover.
Can we find it in ourselves to share half of the Earth with other species, even if we consider them lower sentience? Do we even know enough about the Earth to rank sentience, in some sort of bizarre hierarchy that puts humans on top? Do the forests think? Do dolphins fall in love? Have we even thought to ask these questions?
Can we share the Earth with future generations? The fate of the human race will be decided in the next 50 years. If we do nothing, and sit on our hands, the human race will go extinct. There may no longer be future generations of humans, and if there are, they will have an extremely difficult time living on this Earth.
We have to change our ways, and we have to do it now.
Do we have it in us to share the Earth with future generations?