The following post was prompted by the Vox article linked below.
The miracle of life and the miracle of this planet are closely linked. That a ball of rock air and water would form in just the right band of habitability, and have a gas giant out where it could hoover up a good portion of possible impact objects, while still letting a few in to get a good mix of ingredients, is astonishing to say the least. And then to do that around a fairly young, and stable, star is astonishment to another order of magnitude altogether.
Relative stability and Billions of years of mix, shake, and energize so that the ultimate system of trial and error could work its magic to allow for living bio systems to come into being; giving way eventually to sentience. Entities that are not only self aware, but are able to consider meaning both in real time, as well as in the abstract of past and future. Beings that took grasp to the next level of "handle" and the naming of things that is at the heart of objectification.
All of this culminating in an ingrained sense of selfish materialism that refuses to let go of the economics of scarcity; the kind of fear based reasoning that lays at the heart of hording, concentration of control and the myth that being powerful will guarantee your grasp of that control.
As I have said before, ever more amounts of energy that can't dissipate into space means ever more frequent, and violent energy translations; more flows of convection, more fluctuations of pressure, more events of evaporation and condensation.
The seemingly constant drum beat of tornados in the mid West now is hardly even an a taste of what is yet to come, and yet we just get up every day, each and every one of us, and continue on with business as usual; even as we are moved by movies like Interstellar.
We are truly lemmings marching in lock step forward the precipice, using our gift of sentience for anything other than what it ought to be used for. Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.
The awful truth about climate change no one wants to admit