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Diversity is a Way of Life – Our Way of Life

Another Way to be Human is to embrace diversity as seen on Earth, everywhere. Not only are humans diverse, but so are the animals who live in our forests and oceans. For a long time, the significance of biological diversity in the world’s forests and oceans was unclear. It is now known to play a vital role in maintaining the functionality and productivity of our ecosystems. It also makes habitats more resilient to environmental change. But the well-balanced species communities are becoming increasingly unstable. This holds true for human diversity on earth. It is vital to understand human diversity in the same way we try and understand diversity in our forests and oceans. All life is a gift to be enjoyed, as it was given, not the way we humans have tried to understand over thousands of years. By neglecting minor and poor communities living all over our planet, we are gradually making our human community unstable along with the species who live in our forest and in our oceans. We hunt and kill too much for food, we use the oceans for too much commerce, we cut and fell trees for profit and we pollute our atmosphere for industry to prosper. Our well-balanced human, animal and tree species community is becoming unstable for life to continue as it was planned.

In The Forest

Forests are not just a collection of trees and plants. They are terrestrial biodiversity in life. We all learn from this diversity to understand that, difference is not a superior- inferior issue. These forests give us oxygen that we need to breathe and they use carbon dioxide we breathe out. It’s a perfect give and take. When we change this balance, we make ourselves more vulnerable. So approach the forest with love to give love, not to take from it anything. Enjoy the feeling the forest gives you, feel it, breathe it and see it. Each full grown tree takes 200-300 years to grow, if the tree is cut, a new one will take that much time to grow to full size. This is why cutting and felling trees is such a bad idea. Allow the forest to develop on its own way and visit it to see the development as tourists to understand the changing beauty. Our forest is a carbon sink, absorbing all forms of carbon emitted into the atmosphere. Animals and all of us produce carbon dioxide for the plants and trees and we breathe the oxygen they breathe out. It is a form of eco balancing. Life in the forest is different from ours, not better, but different. This is very important to understand, difference is not higher or inferior or superior. It is at the same level as we are, so it calls for respectful understanding. The eco-system is self-sufficient inside the forest. While these beings have less consciousness than we have, they have the same desire, we have, to live out their experience in joy, in peace and in love. This desire is universal amongst all living beings. However, when it comes to food, it is different. As you know, all food is energy, all forms need energy to live and survive. The plants and trees get their energy from the sky and from the soil below. They soak in the ancient sunlight and minerals from the soil for their wellbeing and growth. There is a complex web of organisms that self- support each other. It’s a community that cares for everyone and shares everything with everyone. Plants, trees, animals, fungi and bacteria live in harmony feeding each other and reproducing to keep their world moving. Animals chew on leaves as food from trees, who produce more leaves to feed them, as they get depleted. Larger animals feed on smaller animals for meat and smaller animals reproduce to provide more meat for larger animals. As larger animals die, more are reproduced to keep their species in balance and avoid extinction. The forest needs balance for everyone to live and survive. While you may think of this as a cruel way to live and die, also remember, they do this as a form of care. Everyone serves everyone as food and shelter. Their lower form of consciousness allows them to do so. It’s their way of life and they are happy with their way, as we are happy with ours. Try not to judge them from your understanding, but see them from their understanding. It’s a large caring family that supports each other and feeds each other. What you see as a large animal hunting a smaller one is not violence, it is just a cooking ritual and a practice, not the way we cook, but a different way. Both the hunted and the hunter do not have a feeling of being violated or displaying violence. It’s just a way, both do not remember it in any other way. One is doing a favor to the other to serve as food and the other is grateful for being served. The chase and the kill is just another pre meal activity, a different form of cooking, imagine it like, how a butcher cuts the meat, how a sous-chef prepares the meal and how the Chef cooks it. All of this is condensed into the chase, the kill and the eating. Do not read more into this. The trees and plants form bonds under the soil. Because how they are constructed, they need to be upright, but deep down in the soil their roots meet other roots and they cuddle up, exchange conversation and chat up just like we do. We don’t see this because it is happening deep inside the soil and the conversation is in a bio-chemical way. The roots connect to other roots and download and upload information with each other. The plants and trees do it using their root to receive and transmit signals, which are nothing but packets of information in an up and down way. As far as animals are concerned they hug and kiss their young ones just like we do.  Life is the same everywhere.

Under The Water

You may have seen this picture. It’s night-time in an impossibly exotic location. Waves are breaking on the beach. The water is sparkling with electric blue lights. Bioluminescence, in this case usually caused by planktonic organisms called dinoflagellates, is a pretty amazing natural phenomenon. Dinoflagellates emit blue light when disturbed, which is why they can be seen sparkling over wave crests, around boats or when a hand or paddle runs through them. These tiny creatures are the most common source of bioluminescence at the ocean’s surface. So-called bioluminescent bays such as in Puerto Rico and Jamaica are among the best-known places to witness the glow. However, the ephemeral phenomenon can be found throughout the ocean where there are dense gatherings of dinoflagellates – As reported by BBC.

Did you know that Fishes, squids and mollusks release light as a camouflage, as a defense or to predate? Moonlight always triggers an underwater orgy; lunar night is the biggest of all. Under the Ocean, more than 200 underwater species simultaneously release eggs and sperm into the water, during a window of 30 to 60 minutes on any lunar night. This mass spawning event is the most extraordinary example of synchronized underwater behavior. When these gametes- eggs and sperm cells, are released, they hover for a moment before dispersing into an underwater blizzard as the sperms fertilize the eggs. An ocean night in the ocean is like an event unseen on ground. What you see is beyond description like a tremendous power of nature at its best. Dr. Oren Levy, a marine biologist and ecologist and Professor of Life Sciences at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, has studied this extraordinary event. “This is really fascinating phenomena…we know this event is going to happen a few nights after November’s full moon each year, three to five days post full moon,” he says. It is always amazing, in particular I am so amazed how each of the coral species year after year spawn at the same hour of the night.” He adds: ”Once it happens it is always so exciting to see how everything is becoming so live and synchronised. It is almost a spiritual event and you understand the power of nature in its best.”

Our oceans have been sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and releasing it again in a steady inhale and exhale. Our oceans take up the carbon dioxide through photosynthesis by plant-like organisms as well as by simple chemistry – carbon dioxide dissolves in seawater creating carbonic acid. Carbonic acid releases hydrogen ions which combine in seawater to form bicarbonate, a form of carbon that doesn’t escape the ocean easily. It is important for us to keep the carbon content in the atmosphere to the minimum and allow the oxygen content also to stay in balance. For this to happen, human beings, the forest, the oceans, the animals all must live in perfect harmony. Our planet’s sustenance is built on maintaining the ratio of Nitrogen- oxygen- carbon dioxide in perfect ratio for all life forms to live, reproduce and experience. When we disturb this ratio by acting recklessly and endangering one set of life form, the slow extinction of that life form upsets the ratio of the nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide levels, creating natural disasters that over time, will end all life on our planet.

Now you can see the perfect balance between the forest, the ocean, and Human-occupied Earth.  And that is why it is important to stay friendly with the forest, with our ocean, and their inhabitants, to allow the balance to be maintained for all life forms to live, reproduce, and experience. This design is amazingly perfect and flawless. It, is our responsibility, living on this planet, to keep this balance and the only way we can do it is by showing love and allowing each life form to fulfil its desire to experience life in the physical form, just as we do in ours.

                                                                                                         Another Way to be Human………