I watched this awesome BBC special documentary series with Dr. Iain Stewart on Netflix over the weekend and the biggest thing that struck me is how interconnected everything on the planet is.
I kept coming back to this idea in my mind of "Earth as a Living Being", and that inspired me to write this post.
Its funny, humans look in the mirror and make the assumption that they are the most advanced living creatures in the universe, but when you understand how alive the planet itself is, how interconnected all the global environmental systems are, from the inner core to the outer atmosphere, and how the planet evolves over millennia, maintaining balance as it grows with circulating oceans, volcanoes, ice, atmosphere, plants and animals, it's hard not to see the EARTH itself as the most advanced living thing in the universe and humans as just one more temporary species appearing and disappearing in a fraction of a second of its cosmic evolution.
Pretty freakin' awesome...
One of my first supervisors out of law school whom I respected very much told me once that "Life's a marathon, not a sprint." Sage advice that has taken most of my life to heed.
The Earth will no doubt go on for billions of years after human life has vanished, but I believe we can stick around as a species much longer if we keep pace with the Earth's marathon rather than overrunning it with the sprint of our own species, which could very well destroy the conditions necessary for the unique balance the Earth creates, which of course makes our own existence possible in the first place.