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  • Writer's picturePete Ward

The Ecological Renaissance (Phase 2)

The dawn of the Anthropocene is a time to rebuild the world nature had constructed for life. The world before the industrial experiment of humanity. A time to accept the reality that the simulation created through the adolescence of human ingenuity has become an existential threat from which we are destined for liberation — through a pivot to sustainability, or suicide by ecocide. It is an era of obligatory transition to a biomimetic understanding and implementation of universal laws as a means of objective governance and removal of cultural subjectivity and hubris. It is a much delayed acceptance of the inconvenient truth that a system which works contrary to the laws of nature can best be described as artificial intelligence — if defined as intelligent at all.

An organic species which evolves to the point of creating systems of government and infrastructure which do not coincide with the universal laws of nature will inevitably be unsustainable, therefore destined to fail. One could posit the intelligence of an organism can be based exclusively on the extent to which it responds to genetic cues with respect to the ecosystem from which it spawned — as opposed to artificial needs, fabricated by and for the benefit a few members. It is quite possible the universe is full of burnt out planets, destroyed by beings who lost their sense of place and connection to their homes. It is not yet written in the stars that Earth will be among the planets with entire ecosystems destroyed by one species, but we are on course for achieving this reality if we do not pivot to a sustainable global economy and begin operating within the limits of our home planet.

It is time to revisit and revitalize aspects of subsistence based cultures and honor their eons of land stewardship. Cultures which acquired an understanding for sustainable living within their regions and ecosystems through the process of civility and subsistence evolution. Whatever doubts and concerns those colonized had about the proclaimed cultural superiority of their conquerers have clearly been legitimized beyond any shadow of doubt. The proof in the failure of capitalism is in every breath we take.

The Anthropolis objective is to define where we went wrong, and to open a dialog about how life would be had we followed an eco directive from the onset of the discovery of cheap energy and resulting industry. It is through an understanding of where we deviated from our evolutionary path and what we have lost that will provide the incentive needed to abandoned much of what we are sold. It is the revelation of how inhumane and unnecessarily complex the exponential growth model has made our lives that will create momentum for replacing it with a model which addresses our true needs and creates harmony within our species.

It is imperative that we, as individuals, recognize our place in the ecological collective and begin to mimic the intelligence found within natures 3.8 billion years of research and development. Humanity has access to countless examples of successful evolution. Intelligent design is all around us, we just have to look, learn, and implement models for structure, sustenance, and political policy. The sooner we pivot, the less our focus on cleanup before we begin to reap the rewards of reclaiming what has been destroyed. May the collaborative vigor of the Eco Renaissance exceed the individualism of the Industrial Revolution, we do not have the luxury of time. However, it is important to remember that we have shifted the entire planet into a new epoch — we can shift it again. But to resow the roots of our grass will require a grassroots effort through our collective ability to see the forest for the trees – while there are still collections of trees left in the forest to see. The extent of our survival in the epoch of our namesake hinges on our ability to do just that.

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