Why tipping point
tipping point (noun):
the point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change
There are many defining moments in our life. Some of them are wonderful and happy, some are sad. But all of them teach us something if we only want to listen. The majority of us for the most of our time don’t look further than at our arm’s reach. In our daily life we are unable to see the bigger picture, to connect the facts that present themselves to us.
Then we stumble upon the realization that something is wrong. If not our health, then it might be our work or our family life; something doesn’t feel as it used to, and we are not as happy as we have imagined we’ll be. We look around and see the world rushing before our eyes, full speed, muted colors, noise everywhere. We ask ourselves: Why aren’t I happy? I have a good-paying job, a nice house, the car I always dreamed of, the (insert the name of your latest gadget). There are many people that are less fortunate than me. So why don’t I feel satisfied?
In our daily chase we forget the most important factor that has been with us, humans, since the beginning of time: the environment we live in. Our surroundings make us who we are. We don’t have to worry that we’ll freeze tonight while we sleep, we’ll starve during the next winter, we won’t have enough water to bathe today. Sometimes our biggest source of anxiety is the availability of the wifi service or the thought that we can’t beat the traffic to get on time wherever we’re heading.
Stop and think. This is not the direction we should be running toward. Our constant forward drive gets us to the point of exhaustion. And it is the exhaustion of both our internal and external resources. We don’t only waste our own health, but the health of our environment as well. The Earth’s resources get used up. We consume more and more, leaving behind us a giant pile of waste which the Nature can not dispose of.
Because of the environmental pollution, the depletion of the nutrients in the soil, the man-made substances that our bodies rebel against, there is more and more autoimmune disorders. We live against our biological clocks, not conforming to our circadian rhythms and quickly changing time zones. We are not well and even though we feel it, we distract ourselves with work and new gadgets.
The exponential growth of the amount of information we are bombarded with numbs us temporarily, but prevent us from getting adequate rest so much needed for the next day full of cyber overload. How long can we live like that? How long can our environment survive being abused by us in such a way?
I believe that each of us, if willing, can make a small change in our life. It should’t be big; a tiny shifts in our daily habits, a minor change in our home environment, a little less of this, some more of that. It won’t cost us a lot, if anything. But there are going to be some results coming from these small shifts. First we might start sleeping better, then maybe we will feel more energized, less exhausted. Small changes in our micro-environment could lead to bigger changes, that will lessen the load on our ecosystem.
At the moment we realize the importance of preserving the world we live in, so we can leave it intact to our grandchildren, and when we finally start to act on this realization, through small changes, only then together we can reach the tipping point, the moment in the timeline of humanity when the Earth will be greener, the air clearer, the animals safer, and the people healthier and happier.