Monday, March 14, 2011

Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan: reflection on the missing conversation

Colette, Alchemy of the Divine1.
The body of the earth
is ravaged and torn.

Her cries are my cries.

Her bloody grief
flows forth,

Wailing prayers of healing
for Her body and mine.

When the veils are ripped away,
the numbness banished,
all boundaries dissolved,

You have only
to break open your heart
to know there is only
One wound.

World Wailing...

- COLETTE, contemporary mystic and visionary artist


We know the truth that Compassion is at the Heart of Creation, but the question is, are we compassionate to all those around us? Are we Compassionate towards the Earth, our ancient Home, sacred Womb, whom from ancient time we have been calling our Mother Earth? Have we, human being as a race became so corrupt that we are raping her very body? Are we so deaf that we can not hear her wailing, her cry of agony? Are we so blind in heart that we can not see all the Signs given to us?

There are Signs in the earth 
for those who are firm in their faith, 
and within yourselves. 
Can you not perceive? 
- Quran 51:20-21


The old Lakota was wise.  He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too.  ~ Chief Luther Standing Beara

As the world is still recovering from the shock and horror of the 11th March earthquake and tsunami in Japan, while watching some of the international news media, what made me really disappointed is the complete and deliberate omission of the role of climate change and man made environmental contributions which are having an additive effect to all the latest natural disasters. Its really long over due that we take climate change seriously and urgently address it from the most richest nation to the impoverished ones and make amend for our mindless abuse, environmental destruction, senseless exploitation which we are imparting upon the Mother Earth.

We seem to have progressed materially, but lost an important piece of gratitude and deep reverence for the Mother Earth. In ancient traditions this was at least better understood than us. The native indian wisdom tells us, "when we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us." This is true for our living, breathing Earth as well which is faithfully supporting the whole life system and ecology for millions of years.

Walk lightly in the spring; for the Mother Earth is pregnant.
- Kiowa

The reason for the unwillingness to even talk about human contributed climate change factors, tremendous environmental wreckage we are doing to our own planet - is not that hard to understand. The very corporates which do not allow government to fund renewable energy in order to continue making astronomical profit from oil and gas, keeping the mass in hostage to a hydro-carbon fuel driven economy, are the same group which fund the propaganda media channels. Remember how the oil and gas industry killed the electric card industry? [watch the trailer of the revealing documentary, Who Killed the Electric Car to refresh the perspective].

Thanks to agenda driven, highly controlled and sanitize news media, we have almost no meaningful conversation or even simply raising the issue of man made climate disasters or environmental abuse which again shows our degree of covering up real issues with misleading dumb down, idiotic talking-head information. Almost no one in the media has mentioned anything of the abuse we are causing to the planet earth in a massive, unprecedented way which is for the most part responsible for the natural disasters we are witnessing, specially since this last decade beginning from 2000. The decade of 2000-2010 is already termed as a decade of climate change.

We have already seen some of the most deadly natural disasters during this period. Notables are via Wikipedia:
2001: Gujarat earthquake India - close to 20,000 dead
2003: Europe Heat Waves- 35,000 dead. Iran Earthquake- 31,000 to 43,000 dead
2004: Hurricane Jeanne- 3,037 dead. Asian Tsunami- 225,000 to 275,000 dead
2005: Hurricane Katrina- 1,836 dead. Hurricane Stan- 1,598 dead. Pakistan Earthquake- 75,000 dead
2008: Burma (Myanmar) Cyclone- 146,000 dead. China Earthquake- 70,000 dead
2009: Global Swine Flu- 11,800 dead
2010: Haiti Earthquake- 316,000+ dead. Chile Earthquake- 750 dead. Iceland Volcanic eruption.
Pakistan Flooding- 1,800 dead. Tibet earthquake-2220 dead.
2011: Mysterious mass scale death of birds (1000s) and fishes (80,000 to 100,000) in US and Europe. Australian Flood: Affected area larger than France and Germany combined. New Zealdan Earthquake. Japanese earthquake and tsunami: 8,000 to 10,000 dead (recovery in progress).

Since the beginning of 2011 we have noticed few remarkable signs of serious climate change, including flood of biblical proportion in Australia, thousands upon thousands of fishes and bird dead over night and now this massive earthquake and tsunami killing thousands, destroying towns and cities and we are facing extremely dangerous nuclear disasters. The scale of this earthquake and tsunami was so high that the scientists are saying that it shifted Earth axis and entire Japan coast shifted by 2.4 metres.

Given the seriousness of these signs, yet the whole media is obsessed with oil and gas price, how to attack other nations, how to alienate a whole group of people in the pretext of their religion and how to give bailout to those greedy and corrupt institutions who are responsible for economic collapse in the first place.

Only after the last tree has been cut down, 
Only after the last river has been poisoned, 
Only after the last fish has been caught, 
Only then will you find money cannot be eaten.
~ Cree Prophecy


2.
The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future. ~ Marya Mannes, More in Anger, 1958

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.  ~ Richard P. Feynman

Award-winning journalist Naomi Klein has been reporting on global warming and the climate justice movement for years. Recently in an interview with Democracy Now she takes on this very issue how real threats of Climate Change is pushed back from public awareness. “My fear is that climate change is the biggest crisis of all,” Klein says. “If we don’t come up with a positive vision of how climate change can make our economies and our world more just, more livable, cleaner, fairer, then this crisis will be exploited to militarize our economies, to create fortress continents. And we’re really facing a choice. What we really need now is for the people fighting for economic justice and environmental justice to come together.” [Watch her interview here.]

When we see such massive scale natural disaster such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in which the Mother Earth protests for all the rape, abuse and untold stories of damage we are causing, we hardly understand about environmental justice, ecological justice. When we fail to honor the very living, breathing planet which is sustaining the whole life system for millions of years, we should not be surprised if she shows us some of her terrifying Jalali face.


Racial injustice, war, urban blight, and environmental rape have a common denominator in our exploitative economic system.  ~ Channing E. Phillips

With our so called knowledge of science we at least know already that this planet earth is a very special place, and there is nothing like it in the near vicinity of our solar system. We call it Mother Earth and we know it has a living ecology, its nature and its eco-system is very much inter-dependent, intricate, harmoniously connected to each other. Yet with all our scientific knowledge, we continue raping this very planet and worse even, we continue to cover up (kafara) our own criminal acts. And when the planet continue to show us its rage, its anger, its disapproval, we don't even pay attention to the truth and facts that need attention.


A human being is part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole [of] nature in its beauty.  ~ Albert Einstein, 1950


3.
Do not corrupt the earth after it has been set in harmony.
- The Quran, Surah al-A'araf

To see a true reality of the extent in which we are abusing this planet, American award winning documentary GAS LAND is an eye opener. It exposes some of the most destructive method used by gas industry to exploit what is beneath the surface, but in doing so, it leaves the environment totally ruined, balance of the ecosystem completely destroyed. There is a method called Hydraulic Fracturing or Fracking which blasts a mix of water and chemical about 8000 feet into the ground. Fracking is like a mini earthquake. The intense pressure from man made blast break apart the rocks and and frees up the gas. This method is been used all over world by the oil and gas industry and know this well that we are causing artificial Earthquake in the heart of this planet far many more times than it is giving earthquake by itself to us (have to learn about Fracking, a gas extraction method that at the moment continuing to create artificial earthquakes around the world by blasting and where do you think that accumulated collective energy goes?). Click on the image below to view the trailer of this documentary to know whats really goes on. If you can obtain the documentary, share with friends and write to your congressman, politicians to stop this heartless abuse of our only Home. Its our collective responsibility to take action or speak out against it, share it or at least to be aware of it and not live in total ignorance.

Click on the image above to watch the Trailer of Gas Land to understand what we do to the Earth

Its amazing what took the mother nature millions of years to build, 
can be destroyed in a few hours.
- GasLand, watch an extended trailer


Why should man expect his prayer for mercy to be heard by What is above him when he shows no mercy to what is under him?  ~ Pierre Troubetzkoy

Its high time that we stop exploiting the mother nature in such heartless way and continue to abuse the planet, destroy its rain forests, extinct its plants and animals, pollute its air and water and destroy the harmony of planet earth. Its time that we remember its sacredness and our reverence for that sacredness. Indeed all that is in the heaven and in the earth belongs to the One.


4.
Bismi'Llahir Rahmanir Raheem

Iza zulzilati al-ardu zilzalaha,
Wa akhrajati al-ardu athqalaha.


When Earth is shaken with her (final) earthquake,
And the earth throws up her burdens (from within),

Wa qala al-insanu 'ma laha?'

And man cries out (distressed): 'What is the matter with her?'

Yawma-izin tuhaddithu akhbaraha,
Bi-anna Rabbaka awha laha.


On that day she shall disclose her news,
Because your Lord has inspired her. 


Yawma-izin yasduru an-nasu ashtatan liyuraw aAAmalahum.
Fa man yaAAmal mithqala zarratin khayran yarahu,
Wa man yaAAmal mithqala zarratin sharran yarahu.


That day, the entire humanity shall come forth that they may be shown their deeds.
So whoever does an atom's weight of good shall see it,
And whoever does an atom's weight of evil shall
see it.

- Surah of Earthquake, the Final Testament



# References:
* Naomi Klein on Climate Change
* Gasland: a film exposing the destruction on nature by gas industry 
* Natural Gas Industry Attacks Oscar-Nominated Film “Gasland” for Chronicling Devastating Impact of Hydraulic Fracking
* Who Killed the Electric Car?
* Deadly flash flood hits Australia after six inches of rain fell in just 30 minutes
* The year of living dangerously. Masters: “The stunning extremes we witnessed gives me concern that our climate is showing the early signs of instability”
* 2000-2010: A Decade of (Climate) Change
* Pollution: a New Vision 
* Silencing the scientists: the rise of right-wing populism
* "I AM" - Official Trailer: Asking some of today's significant mind, What's wrong with our world and most importantly what we can do about it? 
* Watch live conversation on the web on Tsunami via Google Realtime
* Going Green: Ecology in Islam
* Ecology: an Islamic Perspective
* Ecology in Islam: Protection of the Web of Life a Duty for Muslims

(quake photos credit: Boston Globe, big picture) | top art by Colette via Alchemy of the Divine Pin It Now!

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