A letter to humanity

A sculpture of a sad planet earth.
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Dear humanity,

What should I say? I simply had enough! I am fed up! I am frustrated! No ... I am more than that: I am sad, upset and disappointed! I feel cheated and fooled! I am tired and exhausted.

Why? Well, I believe that it is quite obvious but knowing that you are ignorant and blinded by your „genius“, I will give you a hint.

We had an agreement. An agreement that we would live together in a sustainable and peaceful way. Such a mutual cohabitation presupposes a relationship of equal giving and receiving, respect and trust. But this was not the case.

I was there for you day and night and gave you everything I had. But over the years you have become arrogant, ruthless and ungrateful. You have started to misuse and exploit me. Now I have nothing.

To only list a few examples: you cut down forests at rates quicker than they can regrow, have over-fished the oceans and seas, have greedily sucked oil and gas out of me, burrowed my soils for metals, pumped out water and covered the landscape with houses, skyscraper, roads and train networks. And that's not enough - you have also polluted me with gasses, noise, toxins and plastics.

I have not complained a single time despite the obvious impacts all of this has on me: soil erosion and degradation, destruction of my protective ozone layer, the acidification of my waters, climate change, reduced genetic variety etc. etc. etc. The list could really go on forever.

I have sacrificed and adapted to your violations thinking fiercely that you would finally recognize the mistakes that you have made and are making. But you haven’t, and even worse, in the past two centuries, you have become even more violent, more demanding and more possessive.

You have gone too far and I have now reached the limit of my tolerance. I can no longer continue like I have in the past. I have allowed your games and arrogance for too long and have harmed myself in that way.

Please do not understand me wrong! I am not against progress. To the contrary, I was happy and even proud to see how you have developed and prospered in the sciences and technology. But in the long run I had to pay with my health - not because they were bad advances, but because you were not responsible enough! You can never get enough... you want more and more at any sacrifice.

I know that I will never be the way I have been (your actions have marked me for eternity!) but I can put a stop to this now. And this is what I am going to do. I am going to nullify our agreement in case I don't notice considerable changes in your thoughts, beliefs, and actions immediately, and strip you from your unpleasant possessiveness and lordliness.

Yours sincerely,