The World as we know it?
Our view of this complex organism earth is limited and anthropocentric. We create stories attempting to explain processes we believe we know and these we call ‘science’. Primitive humankind encapsulated such knowledge within myths and perhaps believed that those allegorical structures were totality, often fought wars over them (then as now). This tendency remains at a populist level; what we call science is more open to exploration and discovery though limits to that are revealed by current affairs related to concepts of global warming in which information falls victim to similar manipulations, creating or defending political structures. Myths rigidified, a tendency also of most religions. But the world as we know it is not the world as it is. The world as we know it is an image constrained by our sensory spectrum as much as our knowledge, shifting and framed by our collective imagination. It increases in complexity over time. Consequently the science of ecology, whose stated purpose is to understand relationships between numerous seemingly diverse earth processes, cannot be complete. We might ask how a dolphin might view these relationships (and our apparent determination to
exterminate its kind)? What we ‘know’ is affective only in human terms and instincts and unfixed. Even the concept ‘Gaia’ does not encompass the world as it is. That too is a framed and contained imaginative concept. If we ourselves are ultimately destroyed in some cataclysm, self induced or as a result of cosmic process or disease, the world merely changes mode. Similarly were earth to be shattered by cosmic collisions, which is after all how it was probably created, the result would be recycling of matter and energy and perhaps a renewal of life forms. This of course neither excuses nor ignores our apparently destructive influence for millennia past. But there are many other processes that we view as destructive and random from humanity’s viewpoint that from another vantage might be considered just evolutionary change. It might prove unfortunate
though that despite our increasing knowledge in this post-modern culture we nevertheless continue to pursue courses that possibly lead to humanity’s ultimate self destruction. So my ecology sketches on these pages are just that, a collage of sketches from a personal philosophical viewpoint. These pages are prone to much editing and growth!