Why do humans destroy the environment?
Question from the Internet:
“How did the people destroy their environment?”
Human beings are born with an inherently self-serving, self-justifying, subjective, and exploitative nature. Our “engine” is an insatiable, selfish desire for infinite fulfillment that drives us towards succeeding, surviving at the expense of others and Nature.
This is neither a sin nor are we evil, this is how nature’s evolution “created us” for a unique purpose.
This insatiable, egotistic engine has been growing exponentially through human development, while at the same time we also gradually evolved into a fully integrated, interdependent world.
As a result today the maximally developed, most intense egoistic need for self-fulfillment at all cost and our integral, interdependent evolutionary conditions have created an explosive, seemingly unsolvable paradox.
If we cannot solve this paradox we will not survive evolution and will disappear like the dinosaurs. Nature’s vast, infinitely powerful system with its relentless evolutionary drive towards integration will not change, it is a lawful system.
Only we can change, and this is the key to human evolution, for our unique, evolutionary human purpose.
By recognizing our inherently harmful, self-destructive inner program and then setting out to consciously, willingly, proactively changing ourselves — to adapt to Nature’s laws and evolutionary flow — we can become Nature’s only conscious, integrated but still independent observers, partners.