“The land is one organism. Its parts, like our own parts, compete with each other and co-operate with each other. The competitions are as much a part of the inner workings as the co-operations. You can regulate them—cautiously—but not abolish them. The outstanding scientific discovery of the twentieth century is not television, or radio, but rather the complexity of the land organism. Only those who know the most about it can appreciate how little we know about it. The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: “What good is it?” If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.”
- Aldo Leopold, “A Sand County Almanac.” (1949)
“What good is it?” – A question, rather a motivation that is ingrained in how we live our lives. A shelf in a store is useful when it has something to offer to its visitors. A shirt is useful until it loses its shine.
When it comes down to what nature has to offer to us, acceptance towards it has come with a condition of proof. We need to know how beneficial nature is for us, how much can it economically, and how long are the long-term impacts of it.
The way we see it, it’s a conditional one-way trade. We take, but we don’t give.
Gaia does not work that way. It symbolizes compassion, symmetry, a solvable puzzle between a simple enigma that is the nature and complex humans. Our complexity is what has rendered nature vulnerable to even the slightest disruptions. We don’t know how to return the favour, but it surely does. It maintains a balance that way.
That is what we need – balance.
The philosophy of Gaia is what we need to absorb deeply. It’s what ONEarth’s rationale is based on, to repair the human-nature relationship, and to lessen the toxicity in this world, to see the beauty of it.
If we are to live a better future, the sync is what we need to maintain and, build on for future generations.