Or what's killing us
The toxic residues produced by industry over the past 2000 years have been conveniently overlooked. The Romans infamously used lead pipes and the lead drove them insane. More recently we switched to copper pipes but then it was discovered that as copper ages, the oxidised copper is harmful to our health and these were replaced with galvanised steel which were too expensive and today most people use plastic which presents another set of problems.
Modern society is driven by desires and some of them like access to clean water are vitally important whereas the desire for profits or to have the same stuff as one's neighbours is totally irrelevant to life.
There is a story that Sadhguru often tells of a temple in South India and on the walls is a complete set of instructions on how to construct an aircraft, this was written at least 1000 years before the Wright brothers, but those instructions are followed a caution not to create such technology due to the harm it would cause to the environment.
Humankind has created all sorts of marvellous as well as sometimes totally useless things with various motives. However this creating comes with its own karma or consequences. One of the most obvious is that the extraction of raw materials from the earth creates environmental damage at all levels of the ecosystem including the people involved.
Over the past 200 years we have created one of the largest mass extinctions in the history of our planet, and although we don't this, we are not slowing down or learning from our behaviour, instead we are destroying more of the environment, using up more and more of our resources and in the consequence damaging the health of the planet and ourselves.
With the expansion of agribusiness and agricultural technologies, increasing quantities of highly poisonous products are being poured over our food. Monsanto's glyphosate is one of the worst examples but there are many more. Agribusiness wants to make production easy and to cut costs. 200 years ago the fields would have been filled with people caring for the crops, but today the work of the people is being done by machine and cocktails of toxic chemicals.
An FDA-registered food safety laboratory tested iconic American food products for residues of the weed killer glyphosate (aka Monsanto’s Roundup) and found ALARMING amounts. ~ Food babe
Not only are people being deprived of work, everyone eating those foods is also ingesting agricultural chemicals at an unprecedented level giving rise to a wide range of new diseases. Even 100 years ago, there was almost no such thing as food allergy, hayfever and asthma. The working classes more often than not died of overwork combined with the lack of adequate nutrition whereas the upper classes died of diseases such as diabetes and syphilis, diseases related to overconsumption.
So today we are continuing to destroy the planet, to poison our food supply and eliminate species that play important roles in our ecosystem. The people in power which include our politicians and the industrialists involved in food and chemical production do not care about the people or the planet. They can afford to buy their food from specialist organic gardens that are chemical free while the general population is forced to eat toxic products.
The original role of government was to protect and serve the needs of the population as well as protecting the environment for future generations. But there are almost no governments doing this today because they are in league with the industrialists knowing that after the term in office they will walk through what is known as a revolving door into a well-paid job when they leave office, or they will get a golden handshake should they retire.
The only way to change is to boycott the toxic marketplace and purchase from organic suppliers which over time should create more organic suppliers and stimulate a new respect for the environment.