A misfire of a system is ultimately what destroys it.
We, the human race, are born on this planet and die on this planet (until NASA and SpaceX catapult us into the distant void of space in search for a new home) and our time spent here has no reason or rhyme. Many will argue our purpose, whether religious (“We must populate the Earth and reap its sweet harvest! Hallelujah!”) or in sole consideration for posterity (Do it for the niños). But once more, we are only here, floating through the universe on “spaceship earth” making the most out of the cards we were dealt.
I am not introducing any new concepts here. The idea of our purposeless existence is widely accepted by scientists and nihilists alike, but what becomes important in any case is: what if we’re wrong? What if our beliefs and our traditions and our societies and our governments are all just, wrong? Though this is probably more understood by our dear friends, the nihilists, we would not be without purpose.
“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of a cancer cell.” – Edward Abbey
I think Mr.Abbey said it best. In this statement, he is speaking of our unchecked desire as a civilization to build and consume as much as we can, for as long as we can. He understood our place in nature to be intrusive, yet serendipitous. This pessimistic disposition he held toward the rest of mankind was not without warrant. People he considered to be outsiders had bulldozed and paved over the natural landscapes he once knew and cherished. They destroyed his sanctuary. They destroyed his home. He was at war (Hayduke LIVES!).
Though his writings have fueled extreme environmental movements, they nevertheless brought to question our own existence in nature. Are we meant to reign over nature and only mediate the countless environmental issues we bring forth with new technologies? If this is the case, then we have condemned our natural world to an artificial one. On the contrary, nature must have dominion over us, soon to rid itself of its cancerous misfire: the human race.
So what then? What purpose do we have now? Although I cannot answer these questions with conviction, I’m not sure that I want to, or that I even want to find out. But I can tell you this for sure: It has nothing to do with us trashing the place then dying off into oblivion.