There is perhaps no greater example of Cooperation than that of Nature Herself at work. The very reason we Humans exist, is a direct consequence of Cooperation.
Our home and haven, Planet Earth, is an interdependent composite Ecosystem and the perfect example of the crucial to succeeding attributes of cooperation.
This environment that supports and sustains us is constructed from Systems composed of precise measures of chemical compounds of varying complexity.
Fashioned from the Elements and molded by Nature to coalesce into a mini cosmos that not only supports life, but supports consciously aware, intelligent life.
Life that can observe, inquire, study, and comprehend. Possessing the capability to apply these innate skills to it's self, it's environment, and far beyond.
This intelligent and consciously aware life can communicate with Nature. Replicate and imitate Her, and Create. And when engaged in doing so, alter the state of Nature's composition.
Useless by itself, each Fundamental Element becomes indispensable as it works in perfect Harmony with other elements, scaling to form Compounds. Increasingly complex compounds form Subsystems.
Each Element, Compound, and Subsystem, of little use on it's own, becomes indispensable to the finished System. Whether that system be animate or inanimate.
Employing adroit ingenuity, Nature combines Her Elements, Compounds, and Subsystems into Harmoniously operating Systems that form the World that sustains us and our dreams. And provide sustenance for every form of life.
In a spectacular example of cooperation, Nature spotlights a certain path of Harmony for Her fellow Creators to follow.
Just one of the lessons She offers us. Clearly illustrating the non negotiable necessity of weighing up the consequences of our actions before we embark on them. Moral Thinking should be our tool of choice here.
On Earth, our Home, - and most probably throughout the Universe - this rigorous balance of chemical entities, animate and inanimate, from Soil Microbes to Climate, is susceptible to interference and foreign influences.
The activities of we Human Beings, that intelligent life previously mentioned, are proving to have a devastating impact on the integrity of this Chemical Balance in this otherwise consummate example of cooperation.
Paul Crutzen, the late, eminent, Dutch Atmospheric Scientist, dubbed this sad impact the Anthropocene Period. To account for the adverse effect Humans have on the environment that supports them.
A conclusion that is gaining traction and deserved recognition. As more people become aware of the tragic reality we have permitted to come about.
Nature's neat system of harmonious balance based on the cooperation of compounds is so easily upset. But bear in mind – we have a ray of hope . . .
We can emulate Nature and restore Her delicate balance. And the balance of Human relations.
A serious example of injurious Human influence on the ecology is the introduction of foreign species where Nature has made no provision for their accommodation. And these foreign species subsequent impact on that ecology is wholly detrimental.
Sadly, just like some Human activity.
Action may be implemented with the best of intentions, but a lack of understanding and forethought can have far reaching and long lasting consequences. With little to no room to redress the damage suffered.
As evidenced by the following two examples. One so far a dismal failure and one so far a tenuous success.
A tenuous success (see next page) we must ensure endures and grows into a rock solid solution. Our continued existence hinges on Humanity cooperating in total Harmony to achieve this solution.
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Our World, and the Cosmos, is a delicate balance of compounded chemical elements. It matters not the physical form these compounds may take.
We can gather the importance of cooperation in all other spheres of life from studying and observing Nature performing Her work.
One local - Australia - example of Humans failing to cooperate with Nature is that of the of the Cane Toad.
The cane toad was introduced to this Country amidst the worldwide depression of the 1930s, in a desperate attempt to control the Sugar Cane Beetle. An insect then laying waste to the Australian Sugar Industry, a major income earner.
The cane toad was heralded as an immediate, and biologically friendly, solution.
Eighty or so years on, and far from controlling the sugar cane beetle, which the toad totally ignored, this out of context amphibious native of Central and South America is threatening to devastate delicate ecosystems over millions of square kilometers. From the Northern Territory to Victoria in the south.
With no natural predators to oppose it, this animal is free to ravage
not only Native Fauna, but also migratory birds and domestic pets. Any
creature that attempts to eat it, wild or domestic, almost always dies
an agonizing death from poison.
Of no consolation, the cane toad is simply doing it's cane toad thing.
Time marches on as Cane Toad wreaks his growing devastation in an all but unopposed advance.
Had Humans been just a tad more aware of how Nature and Her inexorable laws work, and heeded her spectacular example of cooperation, devastation such as depicted here would not have come to pass.
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