Should we be bound to the Earth?

Should we be bound to the Earth?

Immanuel Lavery

Is our world, Earth, to humanity a prison or a pearl? There is an infinity of matter and energy waiting for us among the stars, though we are confined to merely gaze at it as a prisoner would at the outside world. In this regard, the Earth can be considered a prison for humanity that restricts us to mortality when we could be creating star ships to venture among the divine imagination of the cosmos. Though could humanity's place be humbler than that and our desire for something more is a case of mass cultural grandiose and megalomania. If our world is, to quote Terrence McKenna, “an incredible pearl flung out in a universe of ashes and darkness,” then, as a species we should attune ourselves to the natural world so that we might nurture it. As a culture, this is the most substantial choice that we must make. Are we to sit down, merge with the Earth and stare into the universe with the wonder it deserves. Or, is the Earth a prison from which we must free ourselves and go forth to explore what is beyond the horizon.

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