A speaceship called “Earth” (7/52)

Illustration by Susanne Gold/ text by Ted Ganten

Idleness

In order to design new ethics, it is helpful to first change the perspective. If we maintain that man is the “creation’s crowning glory” and that the world should be subject to him; if we maintain that not only the earth, but the whole universe with its millions of planets, suns and galaxies was created to serve man, we remain mentally stuck in the Middle Ages. Those who are not prepared to break away from this perspective will not have much fun with this booklet.

Perspective

I cordially invite all others to an experimental change of perspective. Furthermore, I will propose to think about a goal that at first glance sounds somewhere between silly and superfluous. But it is not. From my point of view, it can provide psychological support for the change of perspective and the concrete next steps we need. I would like to briefly present these ideas here, only to return to them again and again later to explain their deeper meaning and purpose.

Spaceship

Imagine the earth as a spaceship. We glide through space at a stellar speed of 108,000 km/h. We even have our own protective, magnetic shield. What it doesn’t stop will hopefully burn up in our secondary, spherical shield – the atmosphere. The ship is built with so much redundancies that even punctures from asteroids do not leave us helplessly exposed to space. Gravity forces bind our secondary shield. Our life support system is perfectly adapted to the crew, i.e. all earthly life forms. Both the crew and the spaceship Earth even have the ability to adapt to new needs. As an energy system, it uses a sun around which it orbits. But apart from our external power station, the Earth has formed very efficient internal life circuits overall. We certainly could not have designed it any better. What rules would we have established on our spaceship?

We will get back to this perspective throughout this booklet.

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