Mother Earth by Nina Nath

Why do we call Earth “Mother Earth”? Because it provides us with all the resources for our survive, keep populating and learning.

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,”
every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there—on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

“It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
― Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

This is the definition of Volunteering by Wikipedia:

Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial or social gain “to benefit another person, group or organization”.

1) Volunteering is also renowned for skill development and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served.[

2) It is also intended to make contacts for possible employment. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster.

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

The above summaries say it all. It is so unfortunate that we treat our Earth disrespectfully. We humans have created so much discrimination, segregation, racism, judging by the color of the skin, reaching conclusions without due diligence, and contaminating our beautiful Earth, and our Oceans. We are killing so much of the vegetation, and animals, creating so much garbage and not taking time to remove isolation by helping via socializing, teaching, learning, volunteering.

Volunteering helps us to familiarize with ourselves, and make the necessary adjustments and assist others to improve their nature and souls. This will enable good understanding of one another, thus learning to give back to the community, world, and Earth thus leading to volunteering, which in turn, will lead to great understanding of isolation, loneliness, and eliminating all sorts of barriers.

There are many areas that we can volunteer in, such as helping homeless people, poor people, teaching in many areas example helping to clean the Earth and our oceans. Unfortunately, we keep on digging inside the Earth and oceans depleting them of their natural resources forgetting that our Earth is a piece of rock, we are disrupting the natural elements, such as atmosphere, environment, and soil, the vegetation and the insects and animals, we keep digging for diamonds, jade and other precious stones, metals, such as gold etc. But what are we giving back to our planet, this piece of rock? Can we replenish our Earth to its vast resources?

It makes me wonder where are we going to place a full stop to all this?
When will we learn that by understanding our Earth and oceans we can find solutions, by volunteering in the capacity of scientists, geologists, inventors, teachers, etc. clearing them from all the garbage that we humans create and discard regardless of the effect it will have on all. I believe the first step is to start with the younger generation so they, from an early age grasp or start to learn the importance of our Earth and oceans, but also the importance and appreciation of volunteering in these areas. In every grade these subjects should be taught. There is such a wide variety of areas in volunteering to showcase their talents which in the end will benefit all of the species and hopefully save our Earth and oceans from extinction. Today the scientists are trying to find different ways that they can prevent an asteroid from crashing on us and destroying everything. We don’t know if there is another perfect planet like ours where we could habituate and flourish, so the astronauts are on a quest to find one similar to ours.

So, if each and every one of us did our part, regardless big or small, by volunteering to keep our planet clean and intact, we may save this planet including ourselves.

Keep Volunteering to Save our Planet and Ourselves.

Nina Nath

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