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Answers to the Big Questions

These answers are derived from logical contemplation of the world. They are not etched in stone, but subject to further consideration and refinement as new insights come to light. 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. What is written here is what Eearth believes, with or without proof.

What about God, Afterlife, Soul, Spirit, heaven Hell and Eternity?

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

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.

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.

As for the existence of God, 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 other, he was referring to 'unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it'. There are laws of nature - gravity, electromagnetism etc - that combine in mysterious ways that allow life to exist.

We ought to honour the time during which we are alive and focus on the important business of Eearth Duty.

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

Eearth believes that women should 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 maybe an honorary few, 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 environment. If we are buried, our body returns to the soil. If we are cremated, it 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?

Live a life of excellence that conforms with Eearth Practices. If enough people do this, humans and other living things on Earth will prosper for the Long Future.

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. A vegetarian diet is environmentally benign compared to a meat-based diet, as it puts less pressures on the planetary boundaries, so that's good. If, however, you live in an area infested with invasive rabbits, maybe eating rabbit pie will help restore the balance. A vegan or vegetarian diet is probably the most ecologically benign, and ought to be considered.

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. Now that we are here, our role is to act as guardians of the Earth's living systems to ensure that when we die, we have left the biosphere in a healthy condition for subsequent generations.

Is it wrong to kill animals?

Animals kill animals. And we humans are animals. So killing animals is not in itsself 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 Earth the only planet with life in the Universe?

Because there are so many stars that might support planets within their respective circumstellar habitable zone, it is likely that there are millions of planets that could support life.

So, there are probably millions of planets that do support life.

However, given the vast distances between stars and the constraints on physical travel at even tiny fractions of the speed of light, it is unlikely that we will be visited, or get to visit, another habitable planet ever.

For that reason, we are, to all intents and purposes, alone.


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.