Sunday, January 31, 2010

A Full Circle

     Nature. From the beginning, humanity has relied upon nature for it's sustenance. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, humanity has denied the environment the rights it has had before humans existed. To maintain natural equilibrium, our world's climate will act in ways some people consider unnatural. Remember, the environment will do whatever it can to maintain eqilibrium whether humans exist or not.
    
     Today, the peoples of the world are beginning to realize that the very practices humans had when they were in equilibrium with nature is once again necessary. The global civilization humans have created is going full circle by embracing nature and adopting sustainable practices.Terra Plancha is a marvelous invention by the ancient Amazonian civilizations to aid them to survive in environments
where the soil is poor for agriculture. To this day, scientists cannot fathom how artificial soil as rich as Terra plancha was created. That old practice scientists are trying to discover will lead to the rebirth of a dying Amazon Forest. As subsistence farmers stop burning it down for more land to farm, they will be able to settle in one place and utilize that necessary agricultural tool.

Today, scientists are trying to recreate a revolutionary agricultural practice that will once again equip farmers to farm in sustainable ways where the equilibrium, that is so necessary between nature and humans, will be maintained. Not only will Brazilian farmers utilize previously unusable farmland, but so many desperate countries around the world can utilize the art of making and distributing Terra Plancha over infertile ground.
    
     In terms of architecture and other forms of engineering, practices are being adopted that copies the already successful ways of nature.
To the left is the famous Baha'i Temple in Santiago, Chile. It has won many awards for its revolutionary design and has been labeled the "Temple of Light." This magnificent building that is under construction incorporates many aspects from nature. The natural beauty and the design of this building is phenomenal. The location of this temple will be in the mountains providing a meditational atmosphere for the temple itself and the gardens that surround it. The power and influence that such a building will have on the people who visit it will be far greater than most of the myriad of sacred spots around the world.

     Last, governments are starting to plan and build "green" buildings that will not only save money and resources, but it will maintain the important balance between innovation and nature. Humanity is entering uncharted waters as it will enter an increasingly warmer world, as the overall trend shows. Despite the flux of extreme weather with floods, droughts, heat waves, and cold spells; it should be remembered that this living Earth is only trying to maintain equilibrium. Humanity has invented many new things and we now posses the technology to literally change the world- an ability that no generation before this one can rival.
    
     On question remains. Are we ending our journey on this planet, or are we starting a new one that permeates with a new spirit? That  question remains to be answered by the people that live on this planet- one decision at a time.
O YE THAT ARE LYING AS DEAD ON THE COUCH OF HEEDLESSNESS!

Ages have past and your precious lives are will-nigh ended, yet not a single breath of purity hath reached Our court of holiness from you. Though immersed in the ocean of misbelief, yet with your lips ye profess the one true faith of God. Him whom I abhor ye have loved, and of My foe ye have made a friend. Notwithstanding, ye walk on My earth complacent and self-satisfied, heedless that My earth is weary of you and everything within it shunneth you. Were ye but to open your eyes, ye would, in truth, prefer a myriad griefs unto this joy, and would count death itself better than this life. 

-Baha'u'llah


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