There is a parallel between this scenario and that of the Earth. Humans are so intent on consuming that they do not see the bigger picture. The bigger picture is that this pattern of consumptive behavior is putting the whole planet in jeopardy by environmental degradation and nuclear arms proliferation. Is it possible for the ants to look up and see the faucet and realize that they better get out of there? No. It will never happen.
But humans are not ants. Is it possible for humans to be able to see the bigger picture? Definitely.
We have something that ants do not have. Technology. We have instruments that probe the farthest reaches of outer space. We have instruments that look into the microscopic realms. Because of the planetary crisis we are in, what we need right now is an instrument that can tell us more about this planet as a whole: how does it work? What causes hurricanes? Earthquakes? How much affect do humans have on the environment? What makes the weather function as it does, and is it possible to control it?
The Earth Monitor is that instrument. A 360 degree display monitor with layers of graphics and, in time, a real time video of current conditions. This would be possible by a network of smartphones all over the globe, as well as data input from numerous world agencies and organizations.
However, that will only resolve the environmental problem. We still have our human belligerence powered by our propensity for violence. Technology can be used for good or evil. Nuclear arms is our Frankenstein monster. And our consumptive behavior is making our society a very competitive environment, causing societal problems such as wars, crime, race relationships, mass shootings and terrorist attacks.
The underlying cause of all this is a lack of unity. When we operate as separate individuals, as animals on a field competing for survival, conflict is inevitable. When we can see ourselves as part of a whole, we are more prone to cooperation. Religions and philosophies have tried to instill this but it is not enough.
People need to relate to the planet as a whole, and it needs to be self-evident that we are part of a greater organic system.
The Earth Monitor can do this. It will not be just a pretty electronic globe. It will be dynamic and interactive like a smartphone, suitable for both a group such as a family and for the individual. If we can make the Earth Monitor half as ubiquitous as the smartphone, we will create a new awareness of the Earth; an organic system that we are very much a part of. And when more people from around the world relate personally to the Earth, it will engender a world culture.
The Earth Monitor Project is not about just saving the Earth, repairing a broken planet, fixing the environment, or stopping climate change, although those things will happen as a side effect. It is not about taking either side on environmental, political or economic issues. It is about finding the true state of things on this Earth. It is recognizing who we are as human beings and what part we play on Earth.
The Earth Monitor is an advanced electronic planetary monitoring device that is interfaced with a computer system that can be fed current and past data and the results used to extrapolate a future scenario and displayed on a 360 degree LED globe monitor. The display would combine real-time video of Earth along with stills and graphical data from sources such as DSCOVR, Google Earth and the public. The hardware is the globe, which can be of any size (Initially, I see 16 inches to 10+ feet in diameter) and available to everyone, with streaming data from a central server via the internet. The software is the data-integrating, future-scenario extrapolating Artificial Intelligence that is more than a search engine. It would take verbal commands and use old, near real-time, and live data to project the current state of our environment as well as to project future scenarios for weather, economic trends, pollution, population, and other aspects of life on Earth. Just imagine! A ten foot diameter globe, the blue ocean glistening, the clouds swirling, lit up from the inside, with near real time images and data. Or a smaller virtual Earth in your living room that talks and gives us pertinent information about what is going on globally. Display panels would enable zooming in. News clips, stills and graphics all pertaining to the condition of the Earth would be accessible by touch screen and verbal commands. Social media would also be accessible. The technological impact would be staggering but that is only half the picture. The other half is that The Earth Monitor will help us create a global culture by making us aware on a deep emotional level that we are all part of a living organic system, our bigger self: The Earth.
We, humans, are not yet united in awareness of this fact and have not yet formed a mind that values our bigger self, the world, over everything else. And this is crucial to our planetary health, prosperity, peace and self-development. It is supremely important that humans realize what part we play in this planetary organism. Unlike a rock, or a tree or the air, I am a thinking, feeling, cognitive part of the Earth and have the power to determine what happens to this planet. Humans are like brain cells in the global entity. We have the ability to manipulate the state of our planet for good or for bad. Once we realize who we are, and relate to the planet as our bigger self, and begin to love everyone and everything about the Earth, we will do what is right just out of self-love and self-preservation. But it all starts from awareness of our relationship with the planet and this is where the Earth Monitor comes in. Becoming aware of ourselves as part of a living Earth entity is very important. This awareness is vital and absolutely necessary for Earth’s well-being, sentience and development. Here are the facts:
1. Our bodies are made up of the same things as the planet. We are constantly being recycled by the environment. Even as I write this, gasses and microscopic material is being exchanged by our bodies with the environment. We are not separate from the environment. These are facts that can be validated by science and by our common sense of perception. Literally, we are the Earth.
2. We are different from the rest of the things the make up the environment, such as animals, rocks, trees, bugs, air, etc. We, human beings, have the ability to change the environment in a big way. Some people still don’t believe that humans can impact such a big world. A photo of the night sky of Earth from space when it is relatively cloudless is better than a thousand words. If we can light up the Earth like a Christmas tree…
3. We, humans, are sentient, conscious beings with volition and will. We are an integral and intrinsic part of the Earth. I am the Earth as much as the cell in my finger is me. We, humans, are the cognitive parts of the Earth organism. We are the thinking, thought processing, creative, and self-aware part of the Earth.
Humans are living, conscious beings, and we are an intrinsic part of the Earth, therefore logically, Earth itself is a living, conscious being.
If we, human beings, can become aware of the Earth as our bigger self, like the cells in your body are aware of the bigger you, the one universal moral imperative would be to do everything for the bigger self and we would get along much better and the world would be in a much better state. By recognizing that Earth is our bigger self, we can be selfish and still do good for all. The Earth Monitor will be the mirror of our bigger self that we can see every day. By seeing a living representation of our bigger self on a regular basis, we will develop a heightened sense of who we are and our individual part in the whole. We will develop a sense of culture and community that will encompass the globe. A general sense of belonging will pervade the planet.
The world’s problems such as war, crime, racial strife, poverty and threat of mass extinction have all as their root cause competition and struggle to be on the top of the heap. It was necessary to build our current civilization but now, the competitive urge is becoming destructive. But we’ve been doing it for so long, it has become a habit, this need to get more and more stuff, that it’s hard to quit. It’s going to require a sea-change in the way people think. Cooperation, unity and wholeness will be the new world standards of morality. It’s not going to happen overnight, but we can plant the seed now. The Earth Monitor is the seed.
The Earth Monitor has personality!
The Earth Monitor has to be personalized for it to work on both the right and left brains, maybe with a name such as Gaia. A voice input such as Siri is also important in giving it personality which is essential to relating to Earth as a living being (even if that is debatable). It is important that the monitor has a 360 degree display as opposed to a flat Mercator map. A flat Mercator map is like a lizard on the dissecting table; it shows a 3D object in two dimensions and is not an accurate representation, deadening any feeling of relating to the Earth as something living.
Seeing the popularity of the smartphone, it seems people are attracted to bright, shiny objects that are cool, hi-tech and enable us to connect to each other. The Earth Monitor is just that. Although not practical to carry around like a phone, it could be in every household much like a tv set or computer. It would be a device that would unite the family, much like what the radio and TV set did in our past. The smartphone connects individuals, the Earth Monitor would connect families, as more than one person would be able to view the display. And as the family is the basis for civilization, it would lay the foundation for a global culture and community. The smartphone could also be used by the public to gather data from all over the globe. A worldwide network of volunteers using special apps and social media on their phones could be deployed so that we would be getting constant data from various points on the Earth.
The Earth Monitor would be a major tool for self-awareness on a global scale. It would not only be a planetary bio-feedback device, but a socio-economic-political feedback device, if you will. Being able to take verbal commands like Siri, the Earth Monitor can be asked, “show me continuous footage of the weather patterns for the past seven days, and speed it up by a factor of 50.” This would show me a quick moving image of the cloud patterns over Earth sped up 50 times. Then, I could say, “show me a simulation of the weather for the next seven days, sped up 50 times.” This would give me a forecast for the next week, all over the planet. The forecast would not be perfect, maybe not even close, but the more data we get from around the globe, and the more we fine tune our software and our extrapolation methods, the better we should get at forecasting further and further into the future so that we can predict hurricanes, tornadoes and other potential disasters, prepare for them and even possibly change the weather in the not too distant future.
And we can go beyond just forecasting the weather. I could say, “show me the global affect in ten years of a ten percent increase in fossil fuel,” I could say, “show me how cutting industrial production by 10 percent could affect population growth.” The possibilities are endless. Everything that happens physically on the planet that could change the planetary condition is input into the computer to create simulations and solutions. Given time, the positive impact would be unprecedented and amazing.
I see the Earth Monitor as belonging to the Earth and everything that makes up the Earth. Like the Internet, it’s for everyone. Owned by everyone, with new apps that nurture our environment being constantly made. It is a natural process of planetary evolution that will grow and grow, powered by input and contributions from everyone. The more near real-time information about this planet we can gather with our sensors, instruments, observations and the better we get at integrating and coordinating this data into a whole, the more awesome the potential of this endeavor. With volunteers with smartphones getting environmental metrics from all over the world to be input into the system, everyone will have a chance to contribute, to get a sense of belonging to the Earth community.
The environmental crisis is just one of the many problems we have in the world, such as war, crime, poverty, racial strife and hate. The Earth Monitor will be a major factor in reducing all of them. When we truly realize that we are indeed one with the Earth, many things happen in our minds and hearts. The basic and most profound realization is that we are an essential part of a bigger community. We belong. This sense of belonging is a sense of love. We work together in wholeness because we become aware that we are all interdependent of each other. It is like a cell in our body becoming aware of the entire person and knowing that it is part of the person, inseparable and one with it for all intents and purposes.
The sense of jealously, envy, hate, insecurity, and separateness disappear. Why be jealous of someone when you realize that parts of you are in them, and parts of them are in you? Everyone becomes like a son or daughter that you love, enjoying their victories and comforting their defeats. Even the fiery emotion of hate will dissipate. Hate crimes have to do with separateness. The desire to inflict pain and suffering to others cannot happen if they do not feel separate and alienated. It becomes unthinkable when one is a recognized and cherished member of the whole.
Throughout our history, the way we think of our planet Earth has evolved. Many people still cannot completely grasp the Earth and identify with it as a whole. They are still thinking nationally, even tribally. To many, it is still a dog-eat-dog world with the individual competing with all others. This pattern of thinking will change as our awareness of our role in the Earth changes. Profound changes in the way people think often happen with new inventions: the printing press spread knowledge in unprecedented ways. Transports like cars and planes furthered our understanding of our world and peoples. Mass media and information technology are connecting our minds.
The Earth Monitor will make us One. Intellectually and spiritually. It will address the one underlying root cause, the one thing that causes the major problems of the world: a lack of empathetic oneness with the living planet as our bigger self – the Earth. When we become truly aware of our biological role as a part of the planet, by truly aware, I mean in our hearts and not just in our minds, we will have a communal sense of belonging to the whole and not just the part. We will know that we belong. That we are One. That basic understanding will form the foundation of a world with a beautiful environment, a world living in peace, prosperity and health. It is an understanding that must come from the people. It cannot be legislated, forced, or mandated. The desire and impetus must come from the population as a result of their genuine love of Earth. The Earth Monitor is a seed of awareness, a inner lens through which this love can be engendered and magnified.
This is just the beginning. It is just the seed, but it will snowball. I can see a small Earth Monitor in every home and classroom. A big one in every college, at every stock market, United Nations, corporate boardrooms, environmental agencies, science labs, trade companies, and more.
Philosophically and spiritually, it would make a sea-change in the way we perceive our planet. We would have a bigger concept of who we are and what part we play on the Earth. This is a work for many generations. Just as the Egyptians made pyramids that required the work of thousands of people over many generations, so will the Earth Monitor require the work of thousands, even millions and billions of people over many centuries to take it to its ultimate potential. This is something that will involve not only every one of us right now, but also everyone who will be born and will live on Earth. We will need people from all walks of life to contribute. People who can help make the hardware and the software, and after that, we need global data. The Earth Monitor has to be supported by a global institute or agency that can help gather, integrate and interpret the information. We may need an Earth Monitor Institute that is jointly operated by the UN or other global entities. It is very important that it be freely open and not controlled by one government, company or organization.
We all do what we can for the Earth, but as we get older, we are not sure how our children and grandchildren will fare after we pass. We are concerned that things may go downhill. Once we have the Earth Monitor in operation and underway, I think it will be some kind of reassurance in that people will have a way to keep tabs on our globe, which our future generations can use for optimum health and peace.
The future of our planet is at stake. Are you like an ant that is so concerned about consuming that you cannot see the faucet overhead? The Earth Monitor will enable you to see what is really going on. If you are truly a sentient being that is intelligent and aware, I should not need to ask for help. This is about your own self-preservation. If you want to survive, as an individual and as a planet, do something about it. How can you help? Spread the word. Link to this site. Go on social media sites. Start your own campaign. Get your company to endorse this project. Whatever it may be, take it upon yourself to join hands and make it happen. Remember, this is literally about your survival. Give it all you’ve got. This may be the most important thing you’ll ever do in your life.
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What matters the most to you?
Your family? Your accomplishments? Your business?
Whatever it may be, it cannot exist without the planet.
And the planet is in a dire situation.
Have you ever seen a line of ants in a sink, looking for food,
totally unaware that there is a faucet over them that could deluge them with water and wash them down to their deaths?
It is fascinating that they are so focused on getting their food and so unaware of the bigger picture, even when it is right in front of them.