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Answers to the Big Questions
 

These answers are derived from a logical contemplation of the world viewed through the lens of Eearth Culture. As some of these questions deal with deep philosophical and spiritual issues, it is important to state that some things cannot be known - what happens when we die, for example, is unknowable.

These ideas are not necessary to explain how to foster
environmental sustainability and human contenment.

 

Do we have a spirit?

When a human dies, they leave behind rememberences of their lives. If you planted trees, the trees are the living memory of their life. If you wrote books, the books are an ongoing reflection of your life. You might also live on in the memories or others.

Is there an afterlife?

There will possibly be an 'afterlife' for the elements that make up your body, which is to say that your elements could be absorbed into other living beings. However, the being that was you, lives but once.

Is there a God or Gods?

The concepts God, Afterlife, Soul, Spirit, heaven Hell and Eternity are unecessary to explain the existence of humans nor how they should live to bring about sustainability and contentment.

Furthermore, it all depends on what you mean by God. When Einstein spoke of God in his famous 'God doesn't play dice expression' he wasn't referring to a supernatural entity who smites some and blesses others. Instead, he was referring to an 'unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it'. Einstein's Gof was the laws of nature: gravity, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics etc - that combine in mysterious ways that allow life to exist.

Do men have the right to dictate women's fertility?

Women ought to be the ones to make the substantive choices about their fertility, not men.

Today, men dominate the military, the economy, politics and religion. They should show some humility and not use this power to force women to do their bidding.

One of the three executive orders Mr Trump signed on his first Monday morning as president, was to reinstate the so-called Mexico City Policy. The rule forces NGOs to agree to “neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations” as a prerequisite for federal funds. It does not matter if non-US funds are being used for the abortions.

For a man, the act of procreation is a simple issue.

Women, on the other hand, have to gestate, parturate, lactate and be the main physical carer of the child for 16 plus years. They take the physical risk of bearing and delivering the child. They suffer the physiological changes to their bodies. And they sacrifice their careers and personal freedoms for the child. In short, they do all the work.

If men want a say in fertility issues, they should have that say with their parters in an open and honest conversation.

As for decisions about Government funding for family planning and other women's issues, there should be no men involved, except at the invite of the women.

This is particularly so for religious institutions where there is the perversion of ancient scriptures added to the muddled-headed thinking of men on women's issues. Religious men have no right to dictate fertility issues for women. None.

What happens when we die?

When we die, the physical material of our body returns to the biophysical flux of the environment. If we are buried, our body first returns to the soil. If we are cremated, it first returns to the atmosphere.

We can delay this process through embalming, mummifcation, cryogenics, and and other processes, but entropic processes will eventurally erode our physical form and put the components back into circulation. This is only fair, as it gives the opportunity for some other living entity to enjoy the use of our molecules.

How should we behave while on Earth?

We are free to do as we please, but every lifestyle has outcomes and consequences. If we want to live a life that forsters the wellbeing of the natural living systems on Earth and human contentment, we ought to act accordingly, during our time on Earth.

Should I be a vegetarian?

Caterpillers are vegetarians, but lions and sharks aren't. Either way, their eating habits are important for the ecological role that they fulfil. A modern Western diet has a lot of meat in it and there are no useful ecological function served by our livestock. What's more, there are an serious environmental problems associated with our farm animals including nutrient pollution and greenhouse emissions, for example. If, however, you live in an area infested with invasive rabbits, maybe eating rabbit pie will help restore the balance. A vegetarian diet is generally environmentally benign compared to a meat-based diet, as it puts less pressures on the planetary boundaries, so that's good.

 
Aviation contrails criss-cross the lower stratosphere, evidence of the passing of kerosene-fuelled planes leaving CO2 and water vapor in the atmosphere.
 

Why are we here?

We are here because of a sequence of events that preceded us. If the question is meant to find a definitive justification for our existence, as if to say 'what was the purpose for us being here?' you'll likely find that there is none. Just becuase a question can be asked, doesn't automatically mean that there is a true or sensible answer awaiting it. (For example, consider this question: What is the most appropriate colour of the number 26.5? That's a question without an answer.)We're just here. Now that we are here, best we create a compelling story about what we ought to do while we are here. Eearth suggests that we act as guardians of the Earth's living systems so that we leave the biosphere in a healthy condition for subsequent generations.

Where did humans come from?

As best can be understood by evolutionary biologists, Humans evolved from the closest biological relatives, who inturn evolved from theirs. This chain of evolution goes all the way back about 3.8 billion years to a process called Abiogenesis, whereby living organism are spontaneously generated from non-living elements when the conditions are right.

Is it wrong to kill animals?

Animals kill animals. And we humans are animals. So killing animals is not in itself wrong. However, we humans behave like unsustainable superpredators (see video below) and kill far more of the wrong ones than we ought to. With respect to fisheries, we kill the big, breeding animals and this has a huge impact on fish stocks. The question is not whether we should kill animals, but which animals, how many, and what for.

Is it okay to be other than hetrosexual?

Eearth uses nature as a guiding principle, and in nature there is a great variety of sexual practices. Homosexuality is common in nature, particularly among mammals. Read up on the sexual practices of giraffs, mallards, dolphins etc. Human's closet biological relative, the Bonobo or Pygmy Chimpanzee is notoriously promiscuous and inclusive. To get the full picture, refer to sexologist, Dr. Tatiana, video below. Humans are sexual animals, and this is something to be celebrated, not feared.

Is there life on other planets?

While this answer is unknown at present, it is likely that the answer is yes, although probably not in our solar system. As there are billions upon billions of stars, many with planets in the habitable zone, the odds are that there are millions of planets with life. However, given the vast distances of space, it is most likely they they will never come to us, and we will never go to them. If they ever came to us, they would obviously be greatly technologically advanced and this is likely to be very bad news for us.

Should we send humans to Mars?

Sending humans to Mars is one of the most ludicrous and destructive ideas around today. No, we should not. Why spend billions and billions of dollars to colonise a dead planet, when the living one is dying. We humans don't know how to keep a living planet alive, how are we going to fare on a dead one? Manned missions to Mars also fosters this idea that there are two planets suited to human hanbitation, when in fact there is just one: Planet Eearth, home of the Eearthlings.

 
 

Can we humans actually help the biosphere?

Just as humans can damage the Earth, so too can we actually help it. A desert, devoid of life, need not be that way. Some barren marine pastures can bought to life with a vanishingly small amounts of iron.

A backyard full of weeds can become a small forest. A house can foster habitat for native animals. The biosphere would be abundant without the humans, but could be even more abundant with the right application of wise human intervention.

How ought my body be treated once I am dead?

Upon our death, we ought to return to the environment promptly, so that other living organisms might have the benefit of our minerals. It is important to recognise that we may accumulated toxins in our bodies and where possible it would be good to ameliorate these toxins . One way, might be to consider an infinity suit.

Bodies ought not be embalmed or placed in non-biodegradeable caskets. Caskets that are quickly broken down by living organisms are preferred.

Some people might prefer cremation. In this instance, it is important not to use fossil fuels to cremate the body as this will create unneccesary carbon emissions. Similarly, the body ought not to be dressed in synthetic fibers as these will create unnecessary air pollution.

With respect to the disposal of ashes. If these are returned to the environment, this will facilitate the uptake of the mineral into the biosphere. Alternatively, you might like to keep them at home as a memory of the departed.