Please, let the oceans, the seas and the rivers survive

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After the post “Phosphorus”, I would like to say that with or without phosphorus, we have to protect the oceans, the seas and the rivers.

Modern men in their sheer madness have forgotten the absolute necessity to protect the delicate ecosystems which constitute the totality of Earth’s reality. We shamelessly pollute soils, rivers and oceans as all these were dustbins. Millions of years of evolution and biodiversity are wiped out or severely damaged. We have to change quickly before it’s too late because once destroyed these delicate interactions cannot regenerate themselves (or only with great difficulties).

Here are some solutions :

  1. First, let’s reduce our use of chemicals and petrol-derived products because they are, like plastic bags, highly polluting substances and difficult to recycle materials. This will slowly reduce our pressure on natural balances, be they terrestrial or aquatic.
  2. Secondly, we have to reduce our endless appetite for fish and other sea-products. Let’s all stop the whole fishing process, let’s go out of the useless need to fish to survive (with basic income for example, see the post “Universal basic income”) and of the useless over-consumption of fish products ( see the post “Vegetarianism”). Let’s spend some time slowly rebuilding fishes communities, let the stocks slowly rise, maybe ten or twenty years without overfishing. We have to stop, make a break, or the oceans will not live long.
  3. Commercial fishing should be made under the strict guidance of experts and scientists to avoid overfishing. Small catches on particular places and times could be made and could allow a little fish and sea-products market for the persons who are still not totally vegetarians. Without any doubt it will be a less abundant market, and a more expensive one also (because the fishermen will have to earn their living with less fishes). But is it not the price to pay to allow the oceans and the rivers to slowly regenerate ? 10 years of fish fasting and then after 10 years the stocks will be more abundant and slowly, slowly, the catches could increase. The fish market will then be better. After a period of 50 years of slow catches increase then the oceans and the rivers will be full of life and bio-diversity, especially if we solve the problem of all the highly polluting chemicals present on the planet.

Very often among fish and meat eaters there is this idea that anyway animals endlessly eat each others since ages, so why not eat animals ? The problem is that the delicate interactions between hunter and hunted, killer and prey, which last since millions of years, bear fruits : see the huge diversity and quantity of vegetal and animal forms all across the planet.

We, as human beings, are special animals with special mind powers (intelligence for example). These very powers can allow us to completely destroy the natural ecosystems’ balances. We are too much on the planet, and this is because we have only a poor knowledge of all the delicate interactions which constitute Earth’s reality. We pollute too much and we eat too much animals and therefore we are too much humans because we put a huge weight on natural balances.

Present-day reality is an ecological and social disaster, a nightmare fuelled by hundreds of years of wrong theories and actions, collectively, individually.

After having fully understood that, we will try, by all available means, to reduce our weight on reality, physically, mentally. Vegetarianism and green activities and ways of living are without any doubt great steps on this way. We have to consider vegetarianism and ecological education as moral ideals that could guide us towards better tomorrows and that we can slowly (at each one’s pace) reach (see the post “The moral issue”).

Intelligent moral ideals should be considered as guides, distant goals that can help us in this period of deep moral and metaphysical disorientation. All of us make mistakes, have addictions or follow deep-ingrained bad habits, but we should all direct our steps towards the moral ideals, whether we are close to these moral ideals or not. What is important is the process of (slow or quick) moral improvement. This process takes time and patience but it can give a strong foundation for long-lasting happiness. Then we will understand the difference with the exhausting and energy consuming ups and downs of the “pleasure quest” (perpetual cycle of satisfaction/dissatisfaction).

It seems nowadays that sea-food that we can easily produce (oysters and mussels for instance) should be preferred to wild species during the “fish fasting period” that we talked about earlier. Similarly, sea-weeds and even non-refined marine salt contain lots of very good marine nutrients (like rare metallic materials) that can easily replace the same nutrients coming from fishes. The strong propaganda concerning the value of fish proteins must not make us forget that some vegetal products are also high sources of proteins ( see for example the amounts of excellent raw proteins found in almonds and sesame seeds, see the post “Vegetarianism”).

Most people in rich countries eat fish and sea-products for two reasons : taste reason or health reason. We already talked about health reasons. For sure sea-products are good nutritional sources but equivalents can be found in the vegetal kingdom and can easily replace parts or totality of the nutritional benefits of sea-products.

As for the taste reason, please free yourselves from the taste tyranny. Lots of vegetal foods are also delicious. What are you looking for with your “taste quest” ? Moments of happiness and pleasure. So to satisfy your pitiful need for taste, these short-lived moments of happiness, you profoundly endanger the very survival of the planet and future generations. To satisfy egoistically your need for taste, you jeopardize the lives of millions and even billions of future humans (and, of course, of other beings too). This could be considered as a deep negative karma (as the over-use of non-renewable resources, of highly polluting chemicals and of electricity coming from nuclear energy).

If we had no other solution than killing everything alive and destroying the planet for our survival then this would maybe not be such a bad karma. What makes all this a very big collective and individual bad karma is that we have the possibility to live without killing and destroying everything (see the former posts). So, please, slowly go towards a vegetarian or semi-vegetarian diet (see the post “Vegetarianism”). Take time to go out of this most immoral and lethal race (this race that we call “normal human life”) fuelled by fears, desires, competitions, economic wars, oppressive hierarchies and profit logic.

The small, sophisticated and short-lived pleasures that we extract from our desire for taste are really pale in comparison with the strong and long-lasting feelings of calm, joy, happiness and stability that we can find for free in meditation and relaxation techniques.

We have to understand that happiness is not something linked to the outside (satisfaction of impulses and desires), or only imperfectly ( see for example the huge amount of education, practice, energy and bias necessary to artificially bind the highest possible form of sexual pleasure, orgasm, with the actual difficulties of sexual activity. Even this high sexual pleasure is pale in comparison with the happiness experienced during meditation and relaxation, essentially because it does not last long and creates a depressive effect on the whole body and mind, especially if you put aside the feeling of exhilaration caused by the realization of the desire).

True happiness does not come from outside but is a result of inner work. Many techniques can help this inner work (we already talked in this blog about moral ideals, knowledge, love, equanimity, work on the link between the individual and the reality he lives in…). Generally speaking these inner work techniques aim at cleaning the internal perceptive and cognitive structures so that our relation to external reality (our individual bodies can be considered as parts of this external reality) can be peaceful, clear and conscious. From this peaceful conscious quietness comes real happiness : happiness in its pure form, unrelated to external events.

Meditation and relaxation are part of this movement towards self-improvement. Without talking about high experiences in meditation, which can require practice, training, energy, will-power and time, it exists hundreds of simple relaxation techniques which can give a glimpse of the states of quietness, clarity and happiness experienced by advanced spiritual seekers.

Small individual changes, such as a more accurate knowledge or the decision to follow some simple and intelligent moral values, can result in huge improvements in the quality of our lives. Do not think that freedom is living away from moral values. True freedom will only come when we will integrate these moral values in our everyday lives until they become natural, part of ourselves, exactly as the breathing process or the heartbeats.

Can you imagine how beautiful our world would be if all of us, without exception, were to follow moral ideals and discard theft, useless violence and deceit ? Going against moral values, for instance by killing, without any vital necessity, billions of animals for taste and irrational health reasons (do you think that obesity is the goal of human beings or is the result of an increase western education in useful dietetics ?) can, without any surprise, give us only small amounts of short-lived pleasures. The same remarks are valid for the short-lived pleasures coming from repeated adulteries and other sexual misbehaviors ; competitions, struggles and wars (if you are lucky to win); speed and energy burning; theft; exploitation of other beings…

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About buddhananda
independent spiritual researcher, I find inspiration mainly into the buddhist, hindu and new age fields. I try to find connections between religions, philosophy, economy and technology. My aim is to contribute to the emergence of a better world. I also practice reiki.

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