The year is 2167, the 200th anniversary of the Summer of Love. All around our scorching hot globe, nomadic tribes of survivors struggle to hunt and gather the bare minimum amount of resources needed to get through to the next day. Many of these tribes are of lower intelligence than the once average Earth-inhabitor. These jealous tribes whose members have crippling health conditions such as severe asthma and emphysema often go to war with one another with semi-automatic weaponry. These devices, littered around the Earth after decades of world war, are even more populous than daisies were in 1967. How did we humans of the higher IQ allow our once beautiful, fauna-filled planet turn into a diseased rock? Why did we ignore the blatantly obvious warning lights?
During the Summer of Love, the strife between the liberal “hippies” and the conservative “establishment” gained national attention. Through peaceful protest, the young hippie generation attempted to show the nation that a respect-for-nature-based life was more desirable and fulfilling. The hippie’s agenda did not deny but rather embraced human nature, “Make Love Not War” being their anti-battlecry. Contrary to popular opinion, this was not only a physical embrace of sexuality; they truly believed that love needed to be extended into the natural world and that war and big business sowed toxicity (both physical and spiritual) into the environment.
If only more descendents of the hippie generation, the young people of the 1990s and early 2000s, would’ve listened to the bohemian’s declaration. Too few in numbers actively battled the anti-environmental big-business war machine known as the conservative agenda, but unfortunately, people with chronic short-sightedness caused by greed, religion, and selfish desires were more powerful than the young people’s’ voices. Did these people not learn about the catastrophic events that occurred on Easter Island in the 1700s? Island inhabitants chose to aim their focus on creating statues for their deities rather than protect the limited resources the island provided them. Island inhabitants chose to aim their focus on war with one another after these already limited resources became scarce. Island inhabitants chose to aim their focus on power rather than partnership. They doomed themselves to a life of deficiency and eventually collapse– their lack of stewardship towards their resources ultimately resulted in a inept, cannibalistic society.
Why did this prophetic tale not terrify those of the 21st century into changing their ways? Today, 2167, the entire planet is Easter Island. Early generations screamed of the dangers of climate change; they urged citizens to reduce, reuse, recycle. They screamed of the dangers of political agendas based on profit, power, and production. The kids of the 1990s and the early 2000s learned about sustainability and its impact on the future of our planet. They watched horrific documentaries exposing the terrors of nuclear waste, climate change, deforestation, animal extinction, rising populations, and increasingly fatal natural disasters. So, what happened? The answer is such: it is much easier to continue the status-quo (in this case, our relentless and one-sided dependence on nature’s resources) than to change our ritualistic ways and beliefs. We had the choice to choose our fate, to choose sustainability or extinction. In 2167, in a world plagued with drought, hate, and emptiness, I think it is obvious which one we picked.