n most parts of the world, people are becoming richer, wouldn't you say? And if there's more money tospend you can rest assure that people are going to want to do some serious holidaying. In fact one of the biggest businesses in the world is now tourism. But it's not the two week holidaymaker to the beach weare concerned about here, it is something more profound than that. You see, as I have been observing peoplerecently as they go about their daily business, it came to me that actually the whole human race are reallytourists on this planet!
I can hear you muttering and disagreeing already. “Why, the human is the finest species on the planet,look what he has achieved!” Indeed, let’s have a look at what the human has achieved.Spent the last few millennia killing each other.Spent the last few millennia controlling and killing other animals.Spent the last few millennia digging up the earth for profit.Spent the last few millennia cutting down trees for profit.Spent the last few millennia distancing him
nature.And that's just the start!I'm sure you think I am always being negative, but in terms of what good the human has done for the planet as a whole, we can wholeheartedly say, nothing. That's why it's so hard to for people to understandwhat we are doing here! We work, we earn
money, we pay our bills, we bring up a family, andcontribute to society (forcibly through
taxation). What else is there to do? Oh yes, go on holiday! But thegoing on holiday is just the final act of tourism, the real tourism involves what we do every day. From work,to school, to the arts, and even to science.Let me ask you a question. What is our purpose on this revolving mass, in the middle of nowhere? Anyidea? Nor have any of us. Some of us think we are here for a higher purpose, some think we have to gothrough this life before we reach heaven. In fact most people think that the reason we are here is because weare waiting to go somewhere else – sort of like a holding area before you move on to greater things!It's no wonder that people happily trudge into work every day earning money just to pay the bills and saveenough to go on holiday once or twice a year.The point is, the six billion of us on this planet have long since been an asset, and I include myself in that.We may believe we are here for a higher purpose, but back in reality, which, like it or not, faces us every day,there is a real planet, with real resources, and real animals, and real birds, and real oceans that we trampleover.Let me ask you one more question. If life is give and take. when have humans ever given to the earth?What could we possible offer an earth that is already in perfect harmony and balance? Nothing. So we justkeep on taking, and we argue with each other over whose bit of land it is, and we kill each other over whosegod is better. Let’s face it, we have become...
Surplus to requirements
Sounds harsh? Well unfortunately, I am yet to be convinced that the human with his large brain, tool makinghands, and wanton desire for destruction is doing anything other than being a tourist on this land. A speciesthat was no longer contributing may be expected to go extinct, but oh no, not us, we have used our intellectto overcome
nature and control it.
Nature no longer rules. We do.It all seems a bit strange sitting here writing that we are superfluous (
serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being
). Maybe everyone else worked this out a long time ago and that is why they haveattached themselves to a higher purpose! Maybe our ancestors looked at nature and thought: “Well, wecontrol everything now, What's next?”In our rush to conquer and dominate, we have forgotten one important thing. We are not the only ones onthis planet. Yet that seems of no concern to the powerful.“If they wanted it, they could take it,” they say “If only they had the brain power to do it. We are thedominant species, and that's that!”I wonder how many times the same patch of grass has been conquered by different parties, all fighting tothe death, all to be able to put up a piece of cloth you call a flag – to stand “triumphant” in battle. All thewhile the rest of the world just carries on with its daily business. The trees sway in the breeze, the animals