Species extinction-an undeniable reality directly related to the size of human population and the resulting loss of habitat, environmental degradation, and resources.
Man takes and gives little in return, makes a minimal effort at best to accommodate other species or maintain any measure of balance.
Of all the predators man sits atop the apex and considers all within his view as rightfully his.
The world is his oyster, his personal pantry or bank account, and little thought is given to the reality that the account is finite and seriously overdrawn.
In the world of finance and banking it is an account that would have been arbitrarily closed.
But the approach has been a spending on credit-something that exists on paper but not tangible-man can spend beyond his means, the proof of that is in a foreclosure, or demanding payment in full and he finds he hasn’t the assets to do so.
Future generations have been wantonly plunged into an environmental debt they may not be able to pay, it is debt can that corporations and governments continually kick further down the road in a classic performance of Aesop’s tale of the grasshopper and the ant.
The ants have the presence of mind to prepare for hard times while corporate and governmental grasshoppers ignore a pending change of seasons and seem to think that by either ignoring a problem or having amassed an obscene level of wealth it translates to some sort of immunity.
Extinction manifests itself in a variety of forms, from a physical non existence to the loss of language, an understanding of traditions, and the loss or corruption of ceremonies.
Entire indigenous nations have been lost in this hemisphere- a process that will continue as more lose the language and other unique aspects that have defined us.
Assimilation is the dominant vehicle-but the effects of assimilation can be countered if the will and desire exists to do so.
Selling ceremonies or any aspect of who we are is counter productive, just as gangs, a lot of empty talk about being warriors or being traditional, and surrendering ones community to thugs or one percenters like the AIM leadership has shown themselves to be.
The choices are simple-we can either live who we say we are or we can make a pretense of it and allow everything we are to be commercialized by a handful.