Nothing leaves this planet except a few items we propel into the galaxy. Some of it eventually comes back. Otherwise, everything stays here; and, everything will become something else in due time. Plants become loam, animals become organic material for plants. Everything consumed by one creature is eventually consumed by another. The recycling of everything is non-stop.
In the human world, we worry about our own uses and wastes of materials, and ourselves, as we consume and dispose of materials. Keep in mind, all ‘materials’ in any form, came from our planet and will always be there in some form or another. Ultimately, nothing is wasted.
Yet, we create very anomalous restructuring of many things that are a negative effect on the environmental stability of our planet; and, a danger to the well-being of living creatures, including ourselves. So, we create an ‘agency’, a paper policy, a procedure, and a frame of mind that makes us feel better about our self-endangerments.
These illusionary creations of management have a problem we desperately try to ignore. It comes down to a simple elementary question. “Where do we put what we know is not good for us and our environment?” With very rare exceptions, we simply relocate it. We discretely put these things in places where folks can’t see them or in ways we justify with abstract words such as ‘disposal’, ‘clean-up’, or ‘safely stored’.
Where do they (we) put the many billions of gallons of radioactive waste from nuclear power plants? The answer is… ”in our rivers and lakes”. Where do we put the radioactive solids from our nuclear power plants? The answer is… ”in salt mines and other underground facilities”. Yet, a 10 thousand-year actively dangerous material will eventually erode whatever it is stored in and be washed into our sub-surface water tables or streams. It is inevitable, but okay, as long as it does not affect us today…only those who live here later.
In the many years of ‘clean-up’ from old lead mines, the irritating question is…where do they (we) put all that soil we spent many millions of dollars scraping up? The answer is… ”on someone else’s place.” There is a lot of money to be made being a dump for our pretenses.
The enormous landfills in every part of the globe are usually covered with soil. Imagine all the diverse materials, toxins, and synthetic materials buried under that pristine mound of dirt. It will not be wasted; yet, a great variety of these materials will become anomalies in molecular geology, unsuitable and, often toxic, to the natural selectivity of atoms and molecules.
Many years ago, I stood on the harbors of New York City, N.Y. in the late evenings and watched long barges of garbage cruising out into the Atlantic Ocean. They were specially designed containers that would dump the material efficiently. Of course, they had to go a designated number of miles off the coast so the material would not float back to shore. In this one city of millions of humans, the amount of waste materials is staggering. Yet, it is only one city of thousands on this planet. Now, we wonder why our oceans and their inhabitants often struggle with those ‘islands of trash’ floating around.
It is difficult to imagine, or grasp, the magnitude of materials, skills, consumptions, and logistics required to produce the food our 8 billion humans require daily. Assuming one pound of food per person per day is a simple axiom. The planet provides all the ores and minerals and energy required to build the things that assist in this production, distribution, and availability. The planet provides all the wrappers and boxing and colorful packaging and preservation approaches essential to getting it to the consumer. It is impossible to accurately account for all the ‘earth material’ involved in this one factor of life. Yet, in time, all is returned to the planet in some form or another. Nothing is wasted.
On the other hand, where does the 8 billion pounds of food go after it is consumed? Imagine 8 billion pounds of fecal material, per day, discharged into, mostly, our water. Of course, we have sewage treatment plants in most areas of the populous. Yet, there is an ol’ adage in that industry of waste treatment… ”dilution is the illusion to the solution to pollution”. But, is it really pollution? From the perspective of our wonderful planet and its natural law of containment and processing, nothing is wasted. It is only reprocessed and serves a later purpose. In this one context, we are an enormous ‘organic processor’ of materials the planet will continually use. Nothing is wasted.
We are as old as the universe
As stated many times… ”the Creator does not waste Itself”. Where does your body come from? The answer is simple. Every particle and our total embodiment is made of material provided by our planet. Yes, it is truly our ‘Mother Earth’. We are, literally, Mother Earth walking. The next question would be… ”how old is the material you are made of”? Again, the answer is simple. Every particle of our body is as old as the universe and the planet.
We, and all living manifestations, are composed of materials that have been recycled countless times, been many things, throughout the timeline of Creation. It’s just a simple fact. Allowing ourselves the freedom to comprehend this reality is a fascinating and unifying awareness of our commonality with all creation. We consist of particles, of materials, once in other parts of the galaxies, many times in creatures long extinct. Imagine any and all possibilities and you are probably correct, to some measure. Likewise, the materials of your past and present body will be in something else, in due time. Nothing is wasted. All things are timeless. Even you and I.
Clay (The Universal Infidel)