The Planet Is Fine, The People Are Fucked! - George Carlin
I think this quote fits quite well to what I’m going to write about in this post.
So I watched the documentary Planet Of Humans which is currently free to watch for 30 days (since April 21st 2020).
If I compare the movie to the trailer…
… I thought kind of the same as mentioned in this comment:
This trailer really don’t do justice to the movie. If anyone watches the trailer and is thinking of passing on the movie, please for the sake of the planet, go and watch the movie - Barel Levy
In short the movie is about:
“Planet of the Humans” offers disillusioning evidence that much of what’s currently promoted as renewable energy is ineffectual, wasteful and far from “clean.” - ‘Planet of the Humans’: Film Review
I don’t want to say that everything in the movie is correct, but it made me question things which I thought of are good or things which I didn’t know about. For example that going wind and solar only is the solution for a sustainable future or that Biomass is a big thing and people with a lot of money think deforestation or using animals (if you watch the movie, you won’t easily forget the horse) to produce fuel is the solution 🤦♂️
Some other thoughts I had during/after watching it:
- No matter what we do, in the end it seems to be in the hand of the billionaires of the world. Money rules the world.
- While reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind again I thought about how Homo Sapiens drove plant and animal species to their extinction.
Don’t believe tree-huggers who claim that our ancestors lived in harmony with nature. Long before the Industrial Revolution, Homo sapiens held the record among all organisms for driving the most plant and animal species to their extinctions. We have the dubious distinction of being the deadliest species in the annals of biology. - Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
- Overconsumption seems to be a bigger problem than I thought
- We destroy more and more until there is nothing left to destroy except ourselves. Only to have a comfortable life, sitting in front of our phones, scrolling down the feeds, tapping the like button and waiting for the next like to come
- We think and act like the earth is owned by us. The universe is approximately 13.8 billion years old and earth around 4.5 billion years old, homo sapiens exist since 200,000 years. Often we forgot that we exist only since a short timeframe and that earth before us went through a lot of climate events and after them continued to be there as nothing happened. And even if we become multiplanetary the universe will end probably some way, so why not just make the best out of the time we have here. We have it in our hands if this time will be short or long, good or painful…
- One of my last thoughts was: “Humans are crazy” and because of that thought, I thought about this reddit post, maybe because of the title Modern life is complete garbage.
Seriously, the way we are expected to live truly disgusts me. We work every day at jobs that we hate in order to maintain lives that suck. It just doesn’t track for me. I think, really, 8 hours in a 24 hour day leaves a lot of time, right? But an hour to get ready, and hour to get there, an hour to get back. That’s 11 hours dedicated to just the shit job. 5x a week, that’s 55 hours. Then there’s sleep. 8 hours a night for that (except on the nights you dedicate several hours of that to lying in bed writhing in agony over not being able to sleep and having to get up so fucking soon). 7x a week for that- there’s another 56 hours. Then there are chores. We’ll skimp on kitchen hours and call it an hour a day to cook, eat, clean the kitchen. Boom, 7 hours a week. Probably what… 5 to run errands, 2 doing laundry, 3 for basic home maintenance… that’s 17 hours for chores. That’s 128 hours in a week that don’t fucking belong to you. And that’s if you don’t dedicate time to the gym or other optional shit that makes living more manageable. There are only 168 hours in a week, guys. All this means that on an average week with no overtime or shit like moving, seeing a doctor, or going to the dmv; 40 hours are actually mine. So the first question is, why does my job get more of my time than I do? The time I DO get, I don’t even enjoy, because I have to THINK ABOUT ALL OF THE REST OF THE TIME in order to prepare myself for it. And then comes buying the shit to distract myself so I don’t have to FEEL SO BAD ABOUT IT. The little treats that tell you “see, you’re not doing all of this for nothing.” You know the ones. The material things that actually make you more fucking miserable than you were before? Yeah. And aaalllllll this stuff we buy just extends the timeframe before retirement. OH RETIREMENT. Thank god I did all that work, so I could lie in a recliner and piss myself, staying alive beyond the time of having a fully functioning brain or body, in order to appease the people around me for a little while longer. Enjoying the fruits of our labor? Yeah. Sure. So basically thinking about building a little shanty and dropping off grid and dying early living a life I picked for myself instead of this godawful crap this world is trying to shove me into. And honestly… I have a better life than most. I have a job where I’m heard and I get to use my natural skills. They treat me well and pay me reasonably. I have the best SO anyone could ask for. I have a decent car, a decent home, parents who are alive and well and love me, beautiful and awesome friendships. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for that stuff. I just don’t think people are meant to live like this. A society that revolves around economy is inherently flawed in my eyes, and I just don’t fit here. I don’t know if it’s something that will ever be fixed for the world, but I know I’m gonna do my best to fucking escape it for myself. I don’t really even care much what that looks like at this point. I’d prefer not to live under a bridge, but honestly if I can’t come up with a better option, that one looks more and more appealing all the time… - Modern life is complete garbage.