Why have we decided that we can take without giving? What has allowed us to attempt to separate ourselves from the earth? Giving back when nothing is asked is far more important than an exchanging of favors. We have been given untold riches. The earth has given everything to us. She has not asked for anything in return. She has no expectancy of return and no ability to stop our raping and pillaging of her.
As technology and civilization have shoved itself into every secret corner it can the earth has not been able to breathe and replenish herself. We have suffocated her without realizing. We have stopped listening. We have created a world which demands speed and makes us unable to slow down. We owe life to all of the turtles our plastic that has killed them. We owe the same to the albatross, the tiger, and the wolves. We have blindly killed for sport, tossed plastic out for games, and filled her air with the fumes of our riches. We have become so powerful and more importantly power hungry. We act as though because we have not been asked to give back we are not obligated to.
The inability we have to slow down makes us forget that we owe our existence to mother earth. We owe our advancement and ability to thrive to the very earth we are killing. Why have we not given back to her? Why do we not see her as sacred as she sees us? While she has not asked anything directly there are things which she needs. There are necessities to life that even the earth requires. We laugh at those who tell us we are wrong, that we, the human race, could possibly affect her. No matter if they are scientists or spiritually enlightened we do not give them the time of day. How could we owe anything to something which is here for our taking? That right there is the issue we have. We see her as resources for us instead of a being whom we need to uphold a relationship with. We need to learn to find a way to talk to one another in a way where we learn to actually listen and find a solution to fix what we have done. We need to completely rewrite our system of consuming and money. We need to bite the bullet before it hits us. We must live with her not against her.