Monday, October 16, 2017

The sun shines on socialism



Broadly speaking ecosystems are the physical areas on our planet earth that affect or influence the lives of humans. These are: the 1) mountains and forests; 2) the croplands; 3) the human settlements (urban and rural areas where people reside); 4) the swamps or wetlands where the sea or ocean meet the fresh water flowing down from the mountains at the coastlines; and 5) the coral reef offshore which abounds with marine life.

Pristine or virgin forests thrive on the slopes of hills and mountains which provides water for human uses and to water the croplands where food crops and livestocks for mankind and all forms of wild animals are found. The swamps serve as the living areas of reptiles and birds where mangroves grow. These trees with roots perpetually under water provide the windbreakers of, and protect people from destruction by, typhoons or hurricanes. The swamps also are the breeding grounds for clams, crabs, shrimps, eels, milkfish.

The coral reefs are where fish that humans eat (tuna, sardines, groupers, carps, etc) breed and grow. It is the richest resource for people’s food (and medicinal materials) considered by scientists and health buffs as better protein sources (than four-legged land-bred animal meat).

These ecosystems are naturally interactive and we, humans, must manage our activities and relations with each in the most prudent and sustainable manner. Otherwise, we are probably marching to our own extinction and/or causing the slow death of our planet.

The message is, conclusively, our planet Earth is endangered by human activities. Or more specifically, the industrial and technological processes which capitalism employes to guarantee a small minority with wealth. Thus, the need today is finding an appropriate and suitable way to manage our resources and ecosystems.  It requires some critical thinking and a futuristic outlook. Commonsense can only lead sincere searchers to see the solution in socialism.

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