Wave of the Winter Award
It is sad to see how far Human kind can go in order to satisfy its need for profit, vanity, and ego. I have written several times of how Mother Nature has been abused in the last century. Planet Earth was still pretty healthy until the turn of the 20th Century when human encroachment, industrial expansion and the need to be more profitable at the expense of others and mother nature, became the norm.
Unfortunately, with this behavior, our values as citizens of the world and the planet’s resources started a downward spiral that has reached a point that if it to continue could be the end of the world as we know it. We are suffering from pollution and climate change, ocean acidification, over fishing that has depleted the oceans stock creating specie imbalance, and the list goes on. With this trend we may continue to lose many more species and even the human race may become a sick and depleted specie. This is going to force humans to propel themselves into the galaxy and seek other inhabitable planets because our own may not be able to sustain life anymore.
Many of these problems could be fixed, but this change requires major agreement between nations and the few richest individuals and groups that control the world’s economy. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the case as I mentioned in the opening line of this post. Another major factor is population growth. How many inhabitants can this planet support? It is definitely a finite number of people and not just an infinite situation, there are not just enough resources.
On this post, I want to feature a unique case of specie extinction and that has been well covered: the story of “Sudan” the last male Northern White Rhino. He is considered a rock star because of his situation and that of his specie. He is visited by 40,000 people every year. People cry when visiting him from the fact he is the last one and the vibe emanating from the scene that he is the last of a magnificent specie predated by human kind. His scene involves a personal caretaker named James Mwenda that pampers him like an important retired citizen, he has a nice suite to rest and hang out and body guards that protect him constantly. He is unable to mate because of his advanced age and perhaps of having had a traumatizing experienced went sent to a Czech Zoo ans spending most of his life there. Currently scientists are trying to reproduce the specie in vitro with the last two females also in the camp, but so far with no success.
This sad story is the same for other species as well, but perhaps not at this critical stage. It all began in the 1970’s when animals from the African Savannah were picked and transported to Europe, the U.S. and other parts of the world to Zoo’s. After that came the commercial value of elephant tusks, rhino horns, and other exotic creatures just to satisfy human egos. This two simple reasons are mainly the culprits for this extermination- exacerbated by war, civil turmoil and poverty in the Black Continent.
There are some successful conservation efforts currently in some parks around the world and Safaris that used to hunt animals, they now shoot photos instead. But as of today poaching continues because of supply and demand. There is still a tremendous lack of will to address this and many other world problems. What is it going to take? Can’t humans find another way to satisfy their greed or profit for Christs sake?
On the other hand, some people say that the planet has never been in a better situation when considering life expectancy, quality of life, medical care, technological advances, etc.
“I guess it just depends how you look at things”
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Reserva Nacional de Paracas, Ica, Peru
I’ve been pondering recently on how to deal with injuries in general. When you are an active and sports person, as you age injuries are inevitable and they seem to reoccur more often the older you get. This is the time you start questioning your ability and capacity on a certain sports activity that you are passionate about and the reality of giving it up altogether. This scenario becomes very surreal and many thoughts start racing through your mind.
I’ve had leisure time last month in which I was able to evaluate life, unlike when we are in the daily routine-the rat race as is commonly known- when life just seems to pass as by and we feel unable to do anything about it. Sure, we meditate regularly during our routine life which gives us a certain balance, but life can be overwhelming on a daily basis because of multiple obligations that keep us busy. But during this last vacation, I took a look at the big picture once again and had to accept some things that are inevitable and keep coming at you in different ways but we just have to embrace them as graceful as possible. Your initial reaction is to be mad about these physical challenges, which is very normal because we would want to be young forever and feeling the same way when we were 20, but the years go by and time waits for no one. When we have the tranquility and peace and of mind to thinks about these things, it is during this time when we naturally make a balance of life events and the aging process that’s taking place around us. It is inevitable to question life, It happens to everyone and that is the beauty of it all. If we were the only ones having doubts and physical issues, life would be miserable, but everyone travels through this journey equally and eventually we all cease to exist in the physical world as we know it. Sure, some of us age better than others depending on many factors, but in the end we all return to ashes. Life is very short in terms of galaxy years, so we have to live to the max of our capabilities.
Genes have a lot to do on what deceases and proclivities we acquire, but lifestyle and attitude towards life have a lot to do with how we age. If you look at how people age, most of the time people that have been active throughout their life age better. When you are young, sports related injuries heal fast and you are back doing what you love in no time. The problem is that as you age, injuries heal very slowly and your level of performance diminishes terribly. This is when things get complicated and doubt creeps into your mind regarding your abilities because of pain, impact on daily living, the future, and your loved ones and people that surround you. I mention this because there are many factors that happen during this down time of physical and emotional healing and it not only affects us but the people that surround us because relations are impacted, anywhere from interaction with others-one become short tempered- to being unable to assist a parent, a spouse or a son/daughter that rely on us for physical and emotional support. Every active person or athlete goes through this process when injured and it is something that you think about and affect you.
My conclusion is that as you age your ability and performance will decrease no matter what. You have to start giving up some workouts and activities that are too intense or that can hurt you in a way that can really handicap you in your daily life, temporarily, or in some cases for life. This is the tricky part, knowing when it’s time to give something up and move into a more user friendly activity that will still give you that rush of excitement and the workout feeling of well-being. Unless you are an irresponsible dare devil adrenaline junkie, most people transition fine after a while of physical and psychological trauma which is part of the aging process. You just have to lower the intensity of your workouts but keep at it as long as you can because that’s what drives you forward and keeps you stocked. When you stop working out and retire from daily mental and physical activity you die. It is a fact of life. With life expectancy extending tremendously today, the resilient baby boomers are continuing to work out and practice their favorite sport well into their lives, which was unthinkable no so long ago. All of this because of better healthcare, nutrition, technology, knowhow, and determination.
So, keep on thriving and staying stocked about life.