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The Greatest Environmentalists Series
In the series Greatest Original Environmentalist, ¨the This story starts 2500 years ago when a young prince in his search for happiness left all materialism behind in his search for something he never felt inside his castle. Buddha and his view of human psychology and nature are unique. Taking the long line of Indian philosophy and Hinduism into a modern time. Buddha sought truth from a more scientifically point of view and said clearly not to worship any God and strongly said not to see him as any other than a regular man that rediscovered the truth and a way to heal and become permanent happy and enlightened reaching Nirvana from Samsara. simply becoming a Buddha. He was not the first and not the last. Therefore, his view was taken deep into consideration by many others philosophers, scientists and thinkers in modern time as Einstein, Gandhi, and Næss that understood the middle way of religion and science are linked together and not separated. This is now today finally becoming more important than ever as we being to understand epigenetics.
Entering the modern times and two of the greatest thinkers finally meet with a time span of nearly 2500 years between them both in a spiritual and as science matter. One cannot write a personal history of the largest movement in the history of all times without the science of Einstein or the spirituality of Buddha. However, between them, three times nominated to the Nobel Peace Prize three times nevertheless never achieved any* prize. Singlehanded and by nonviolence philosophy Gandhi liberated India and defeated the British Empire; won back a continent so vast and with so many different languages, Kings, and queens that it would not even be possible to do if it today unless there was an extraordinary man, Gandhi.
Humanity is the most critical factor in the difficult times ahead of us. Einstein and Buddha also shared the same view, not to kill anything living included the trees and grass. Einstein was a scientist who needed evidence for his theories; Buddha, on the other hand, was a philosopher. However, Buddha said if a scientist proved his theories wrong, he would accept theirs. Both Buddha and Einstein’s view is vital in our stressful and disturbing times. I have seen over the last ten years a definite shift in our social values; we are seeking the happiness we did not find in material wealth and started practising spirituality. The growth in easterly activities as Yoga, Meditation and Qi Gong is valid evidence of this. The new scientist and Western philosophers are highly inspired by the holistic view and ideas coming from ancient religion and philosophy. Einstein’s words on humanity and true religion speak to us in with a united voice. Einstein; A human being a part of the universe, as a part limited in time and space, we experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness, this delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting our personal desires and affections to a few persons nearest to us. Our task to free ourselves from the prison by widening our view and include all living beings with compassion is nature in its true beauty. The human value determined by measure and senses constructed by the mind. “We shall need a substantially new way of thinking if humanity is to survive,” said Albert Einstein in 1954
In the 1970s modern environmentalism started for real In fact, many names come to mind that can be regarded as “great”, however depending on the criteria to determine “greatest” not only “great# would depend on a subjective view upon what is the most important action performed in short or long-term perspective. Arne Næss climbed already in 1950 climbed and lead the expedition first accent, the very technical and climbing outside of the Himalaya´s difficult mountain Tirch Mir 7709 in Pakistan. During his studies and writing several books on environmental subjects and life philosophy heavily inspired by eastern wisdom Hinduism- Buddhism- Gandhi´s nonviolence and Dutch philosopher Spinoza view on nature.- Arne developed a modern environmental philosophy called deep ecology. His very first ideas came to Næss during1960´s when he was working at Berkley University. Few know his inspiration happened after experiencing LSD at the time.
Lovelock way of presenting his scientific hypothesis and environmental view makes it possible for people to understand how important and fragile Earths systems are, even using the name Gaia instead of Earth Science or any other scientifically term make us feel humble and feel as she is our family. As Lovelock describes it, “Earth is 4.5 billion years old and measured in time approximately 500 million years old left to live before its death. Gaia has become an 80 years grand old lady measured in human time perspective. Then, the Sun as it becomes older will naturally increase the solar radiation and Earth will become significantly warmer and life on the planet will end as we know it, because of this Gaia will not be able to sustain its ecosystem”.
Gandhi was nominated Nobel Peace Prize 3 times. Nevertheless, never won because of (2nd world war 1939-1945). In my opinion, Gandhi deserves the Nobel Peace Prize prize and seen now, seems strange that his work did not get during his life or after his death. Gandhi is one of the most remarkable people ever to walk on Earth. And most people do not realize his achievement. My favourite quote regarding change and the environment and how important to understand that everyone can make a difference.