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Love Your Mother!

on April 21, 2022

Gaia was the Greek goddess of the Earth who was born out of Chaos at the beginning of creation. Through her mating with Uranus, the celestial gods were born. Her dalliance with Pontos brought forth the sea gods. Through Tartaros, she birthed the giants. All humans and animals were created from her material being.

The Greeks viewed the Earth as a flat disk surrounded by a river. Overhead, the Earth was protected by a heavenly dome. Underneath, a deep pit formed the dome of the Underworld. Gaia was the Mother who nourished and nurtured the Earth and everything on it. The seas and mountains anchored securely on her great and abundant breasts.

Humans are not separate from nature. We are as dependent on Mother Earth for our sustenance as any other creature. But the human ego, pumped up by advanced technology, has deceived us into believing that we are above it all. We are so powerful, intelligent, and all-knowing, that we can control nature, the weather, and all aspects of the natural order. We are the Masters of the Universe, ready to hop onto the next spaceship to another planet. The problem is that we will take all of our problems and our egos with us.

In the 1970s, scientists claimed that the Earth was headed for another Ice Age and had all the data to back it up. So far, it hasn’t happened. They claimed that the Earth would run out of petroleum in 25 years. It never happened. They claimed that the Earth was going to be so over-populated in the future that famine would be widespread. Except for the political manipulation of politicians, this has not happened.

In the 1990s, we began to see books like The Coming Plague (1994) and The Coming Global Superstorm (1999) which predicted widespread existential threats like devastating disease and severe weather patterns that would wipe out the human race. No natural event has ever occurred in the history of mankind which had the capability to wipe out the entire human race. (Please note that I’m not talking about the dinosaurs here.) COVID was never virulent enough to rise to that occasion, as inconvenient and life-changing as it has been. (And there is no evidence that COVID originated from climate change, as some people are claiming. It could just as likely have originated from a lab, as some evidence suggests, or arisen naturally as a result of mutation, which is the most logical conclusion.) And, the wildfires, hurricanes, and tornados we have experienced have been contained as local events.

When scientists first labeled climate change as “global warming,” they neglected to explain to the general public how that actually works, and people were confused by what they actually experienced; so they re-labeled it as “climate change” to make it easier to understand. Essentially, it means that when one part of the planet grows warmer and changes the local environment, other changes occur in other parts of the planet – but NOT NECESSARILY THE SAME CHANGES. For example, record heat in one part of the planet may be accompanied by record cold in another part, even if the overall temperature of the planet has increased. Increased drought in one area may be accompanied by increased precipitation in another. Climate (long-term conditions) and weather (short-term conditions) involve much more than just temperature. Wind and ocean currents play a big part. An extreme event would be a sudden and unstoppable shift in climate. This scenario was touched upon in the movie The Day After Tomorrow (2004), where North America was suddenly covered with ice, and people were forced to migrate south to Mexico. (This movie, by the way, is based on the book, The Coming Global Superstorm.)

Our Mother Earth also has mechanisms in place to control population (disease, infertility, old age, predation, and natural death). The human ego is so out of control that we have come to a point where we believe that nobody should ever get sick and nobody should ever die. This attitude has been clearly evident during the COVID pandemic. One of the most important things I learned as a registered nurse and healthcare worker is that you can’t save everybody, and in fact, you shouldn’t save everybody. This sounds cold-hearted, but it’s a fact of life. The world is out of balance because of human interference in the natural order.

On Earth Day and everyday, remember and love your Mother – she who nourishes and sustains your very existence. But please don’t spread the seeds of hysteria, fear, panic, and anxiety. When Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others began telling young people that we were all going to die in 12 years because of climate change, we began receiving young people into our inpatient mental health unit who were so distraught and eaten up with anxiety, paranoia, and fear that some of them were on the verge of suicide. Deliberately spreading this kind of fear-mongering rhetoric is irresponsible, cruel, and unacceptable. It’s pollution of a different sort.

Recycle what you can, plant trees, pick up litter, and keep your environment clean and free from as many toxins as possible. Work to help endangered species and places to thrive. Help clean up our oceans, rivers, and lakes. Conserve water! Reduce your use of plastic. Use energy-efficient vehicles, appliances, and lighting. Drive electric vehicles, if that’s your style, but remember that those batteries create toxic waste (ALL BATTERIES create toxic waste). Electronic computers, cellphones, and other devices also create toxic waste and use elements like lithium that have to be mined from the earth. Mining leads to erosion and deforestation. Convert to solar, wind, and all-electric, if you want. But remember that even these technologies have their environmental downside. For example, the breakdown of energy sources used to generate electricity is as follows, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration: natural gas 40%, nuclear energy 20%, renewable energy 20%, coal 19%, petroleum 1%. Using electricity does not eliminate fossil fuels and nuclear energy from the equation. Anybody who tells you otherwise (including politicians and climate activists) has not done their homework. Furthermore, humans and animals are carbon-based entities. Plants depend on CO2 to produce oxygen. We could never live in a carbon-free world because that, in itself, would be an existential threat.

On April 22, we honor our planet. Happy Earth Day!

Dawn Pisturino

April 21, 2022

Copyright 2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.


41 responses to “Love Your Mother!

  1. kvbclarke says:

    Beautiful! Cold facts and yet encouraging us to step up!

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  2. Neal Saye says:

    Wonderfully written, Dawn. We are indeed NOT separate from nature.

    Liked by 5 people

  3. The approaching of Earth day draws near, tomorrow is its celebration though just like folks and their new years resolutions I think every day should be Earth/Jorth day just as every day there is a chance for growth/reflection/productivity in various fields/endeavors.

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  4. utahan15 says:

    ceres and hades
    burning bridges

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  5. abvr says:

    🕊Our Mother Earth also has mechanisms in place to control population (disease, infertility, old age, predation, and natural death). The human ego is so out of control that we have come to a point where we believe that nobody should ever get sick and nobody should ever die.🕊

    To see and understand the world through the eyes and Mother Earth, writtwn so calmly and with clarity is quite chilling.

    🕊Peace is what my heart longs for, the earth and a world with out strife.
    Less illness, aging in dignity truly, a better life for all.
    Blessed happy earth day Dawn
    Nurse, Poet and Writer
    These are endearing titles.

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  6. elvira797mx says:

    Great post! Thank’ for share, dear Dawn!
    Nice time!

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  7. ᛋᛠᛉ says:

    I eagerly await my trees to blossom. My fruits and nuts have put out leaf, my linden is still asleep but budding well, and my oak took a hit. But before long the forests will be green. Hopefully spring has sprung for you where you are, and that it’s treating you seasonably well.

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  8. I agree with your analysis and your informative post … really Dawn human hubris and know-it-all-ism will be our downfall but those who see this truth, there is much we can do to change the outcome… I believe it is still possible. Really well written Dawn !

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  9. Michele Lee says:

    Informative article, Dawn. Well researched and written. I also enjoyed your intro – the Greek goddess, Gaia. 🌍🌎🌏 Happy Earth Day!

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  10. I think your contribution is too optimistic. I believe that we are on the verge of a global catastrophe or are already in the middle of it.

    We are dealing with diseases for which we have no real cure, we are dealing with 2 billion people who want to destroy us, we are dealing with world leaders who have depopulation on their agenda to stop or even halt climate change, we are dealing with nuclear powers over which we have no control, and even if we were to circumnavigate all these dangerous waters, we cannot stop the warming of the climate. In 80 years the polar ice caps will have melted and 90% of all habitable areas will be flooded. Arabs and Africans are doing everything they can to have the highest birth rates possible, just to bring us to our knees with the sheer number of people. In 50 years, food will no longer be enough for everyone and hunger will spread across the planet. We should also not close our eyes to the fact that even in the West there are already enough people suffering from hunger. I haven’t even listed all the disasters that are currently plaguing us, but they are not decreasing, they are constantly increasing.

    Your advice “recycling, planting trees, separating garbage, etc., I think is a drop in the bucket. How about eliminating the cause. The polluters are seriously rich people. Why don’t we address them? Why don’t we stop the environmental criminals, the warmongers and ideologues? Therein lies the solution. Cleaning up after them does not achieve the goal.

    A small detail in the end. Each newly planted tree, causes in the first 30 years of life only nitrogen oxides, before a tree can filter the dirty air at all.

    The catastrophes in which we are and will still come, will survive only those who have caused them, and you do not belong to it and I also not.

    Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

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    • Linda, I try to keep my posts positive. As someone who worked in mental health, I am not going to behave irresponsibly and tell people what you are suggesting. I already alluded to this in the post. Thank you, dear Linda!

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      • I know that you are very keen to focus on the positive aspects, which I think is good, but the problems (disasters) are there, and the signs simply have to be taken note of. I wanted my answer to be understood as a supplement to your contribution, not as a correction. There is virtually nothing about your post that I would disagree with.

        As for the cost of repairing our planet, I’m not willing to pay a dime for it. Those who have made a buck off environmental crimes belong on the hook, not us. Furthermore, they should be brought before a court of law.

        A little joke at the end. If one reads between the lines with you, and has enough imagination, one could almost say, you make no distinction between your patients and the “rest” outside of your work area. Between “outside” and “inside”, slowly blur the boundaries.

        The book by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, “The Physicists”, is about this. Perhaps you know it. Have a nice weekend dear Dawn.

        Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

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      • Linda, I understand what you are saying about holding corporations and politicians accountable. But, in the end, WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE! It is up to us to do our part to protect the planet as well as to hold the major offenders accountable. The minute people agree to pay higher taxes and costs without protesting, they have already sold out. As I’ve mentioned a number of times, if people are unhappy with their situation, it’s up to them to change it. If people in Germany are unhappy, it’s up to them to change their situation. Nobody else can do it. Here in the U.S., people are fighting back. And yes, there is a significantly high level of mental illness here in the United States. I’m responsible for what I post, and I don’t want to be the cause of someone having a complete melt-down by using fear-mongering rhetoric and deliberately causing people anxiety. Young people are particularly vulnerable. Most mentally ill are walking around free in the U.S. They are not locked up in asylums, as in the movies. I thank you for your contribution and rounding out the conversation.

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      • They run around freely, are also well paid for it and rule over us.

        …and we Germans have substantially forgotten to defend ourselves…

        Thank You Dawn

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  12. I love your posts Dawn, so informative they are. This one on humans, nature and climate too is. Accompanied by a captivating pic. Oh i love this.

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  13. Thanks Dawn for this very important post and happy earth day to you!

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  14. Hallo Dawn, I am not quite clear about your “therapy approach”.

    The truth, as far as we have it or interpret it, cannot be wrong. “Follow the truth”, think of Socrates and Plato, the Bible and your patients.

    I don’t know if keeping quiet is the better way. The others already do enough concealing.

    We won’t get anywhere if we don’t include the realities in our actions.

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    • I don’t quite understand what it is that you and Linda don’t understand. I already addressed this is my post. I don’t know what it’s like in Germany, but here in America, we have irresponsible people running around telling people that we’re all going to die in 12 years from climate change. There is absolutely no evidence of that. These irresponsible people negatively impact vulnerable people – especially, young people. I refuse to participate in that. We have enough problems right now in America. We don’t need more crazy people running around, whipping people up into a frenzy. There’s nothing more to say about it. Thank you.

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  15. Harshi says:

    Excellent post, Dawn!

    Much needed to be read by our species who never seem to learn. Constant reminders are needed. Well done!

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  16. Happy Earth Day–which should be every day!

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  17. KK says:

    A nicely articulated piece 👌

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  18. Emma says:

    I agree with you Dawn! I know the wrong kinds of people like to say it, but it really does take a village! Of everybody pulled their weight, we wouldn’t be in this awful situation!

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