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Global Warming cause and Effect

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In our time it is commonly and popularly speculated that Humankind had done the unthinkable and unnatural act of upsetting the balance of the environment, of Nature. It is becoming an acceptable belief that man is actually capable of acting outside of or against Nature. When men speak of unnatural acts or acts against Nature they themselves are acting in a pretentious and conceited manner. As if Man were a higher entity able to redesign and reshape Nature itself. In what way was anything that occurred in our reality unnatural? Since we believe in Universe (one single plane of existence) and not Multiverse (many planes) we are confined to that one Nature, that one plane of reality on which we appear to exist. Therefore, it is only possible for an act to be natural within our sense of reality. It is also blatantly obvious that Nature permits any act. Therefore, an unnatural act cannot exist since it would occur within the realm of nature as we know it. It is said that Nature abhors a vacuum. This means that Nature acts to fill that vacuum. If we humans upset the balance of Nature, nature would act to rectify the problem. Not as punishment for any unnatural act, but to right the balance.
Anything that happens is entirely within the realm of Nature. It is a natural act. And further, since anything that is done is allowed by Nature, then Nature is everything and all that there is. There is no possibility for unnatural acts. One always gets what one needs and all needs are met by Nature. It then follows that what is happening to him/her is entirely natural. He/she need only to discern its meaning to his own satisfaction, since that is what humankind has always been striving for in the first place. The Why of it all! None of which is to be confused with holding any belief in predetermination, but rather as a larger, more holistic sense of universe. Some may declare this circular logic, but it appears empirical none-the-less.
Humankind has done Nature and itself a grave disservice in any attempt to distance and separate its existence from reality. It is similar to what many humans have done with God. By objectifying God and Nature, they become separate entities from us. We do this for many reasons, several of which are as listed:
1. As an inherently left-brain activity, we humans are prone to naming, categorizing and cataloguing everything we perceive. It is how we understand and accept reality. We instill order on it.
2. In an attempt to rationalize our weak and fallible existence we created God, or our version of a separate God, as our father and creator. This frees us from accepting responsibility for our non-perfect and petty existence and provides us a scapegoat. Someone to point a finger at and blame, thus relieving us of any guilt or shame, such as Adam felt in the garden.
3. Describing acts we find objectionable or reprehensible as being unnatural or outside of Nature, we rationalize that we are not and could not be responsible for these acts. Responsibility is not to be confused with assigning blame.

Scientists have clearly stated that at many times in the Earth's history there have been periods of ice ages or volcanic activities that have ravaged the planets eco-systems, destroying the environment. It is apparent that Nature has always been able to come back to equilibrium from whatever devastating acts had occurred. Nature will do so again if it is necessary. If it appears that Man has helped to speed up the process this time than that in and of itself is a natural act within our reality. It is so, therefore it is natural. In no way is our role outside of or against Nature, fore we are Nature.
It plays out especially when one hears that so-and-so has committed acts against Nature. It is amazing that people would position themselves as the voice of reason and reality and decide who or what acts were offensive to Nature. Of course, the offense was only offensive to those persons making the complaint. But, by placing the offense on an abnormal and contaminated scale they were able to draw in those followers, those persons with weaker wills who didn't, or couldn't, think for themselves. There have always been those who point the finger and cry Witch,' and there have always been and continue to be, those who will follow blindly.
There is a difference, however, between acting with Nature or without. One can see that there were many ways in which mankind could more gracefully act in harmony with Nature and reality. Alternate sources of energy first and foremost. In the seventies, many had dreams of harnessing the power of the wind to fuel the energy needs of their homes. They designed solar heating systems for the their homes, but found the costs prohibitive at the time. They understood the value of using replenishable sources of energy as being in accord with Nature rather than abusing it. We would always applaud those who were pioneers in utilizing the powers that be in energy use and conservation. The difference between the conservators and naysayers was the same as the glass being half full or half empty. No different from the negative versus the positive. The game of Black and White. The need for balance; the balance that Nature provides and requires for existence. The seemingly negative effect Man has on the environment would balance his usage of Nature's resources. We cannot replace the finite deposits of fossil fuels we have allegedly used up. It seems that we need to be threatened by our own devices in order to seek beyond those blatant sources and into what are now deemed as Alternative sources. Using up the fossil fuels leaves a vacuum which Nature will fill. And since we are Nature we will find the resources to fit the bill, before any dire consequences are put upon us. Therefore, we are not acting against Nature but in congress with it, with ourselves. There is no unnatural act. There is only us. It has been said that "Nature puts humans in their place because their place is in Nature."

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