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The Earth Has Cancer And The Cancer Is Us

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Wilkipedia introduces and defines cancer as thus (

Cancer /ˈkænsər/ , known medically as a malignant neoplasm, is a term for a large group of different diseases, all involving unregulated cell growth. In cancer, cells divide and grow uncontrollably, forming malignant tumors, and invade nearby parts of the body. The cancer may also spread to more distant parts of the body through the lymphatic system or bloodstream.

Healthy cells control their own growth and will destroy themselves if they become unhealthy. Cell division is a complex process that is normally tightly regulated. Cancer occurs when problems in the genes of a cell prevent these controls from functioning properly.

Cancer is "growth gone wild." Cells that once were functioning according to the body's need for some reason become monstrous invaders of that body.   The result is that those once healthy cells destroy the body and themselves.

Can we apply this definition to the West's current day Wall Street mentality?   What is corporate business about if not unlimited growth?   And the result is?

Nothing less than devastation of the environment and the murderous exploits of people, animals, plants and the land that mothers all these precious beings.

The Earth fits the criteria for a diagnosis of cancer.   We are that cancer.   The disease has been since well before the Roman and Greek Empires and cultures.     European and Middle Eastern populations have notoriously espoused a "divide and conquer" mentality in which the goal was to "rule the world."   Along with this ethos of conquest has come the devastation of lands across the planet to the point that we are now seeing thousands of species going extinct while thousands more are identified as in danger to become extinct.   And, what is the attitude driving us towards this destruction?   The attitude is nothing less than the desire for unlimited growth.

Even the sky is not the limit anymore.   Upon any microchip inhabiting the body of a computer is financial data to which we can just keep adding zeros.   The sky is no longer the limit.   Only infinity places boundaries to our illusionary economy based on dots and dashes on a microchip  

Yes, the Roman Empire has conquered the world.   Oh, it used its different Kings, Queens, Emperors, Supreme Court Judges, bought and sold congress men and women alongside its Presidents to make its will law.   But it has won.   And, the Earth is dying and we Romanized cancer cells are going to die right along with it.  

Our cancerous greed even used different countries that it conquered: Britain, France, Spain and Wall Street to name a few. But as anyone who has experience with loved ones with cancer, the cancer in destroying its host's body ultimately destroys itself.   Anybody who has been in the Maine North Woods where clear cutting of forests reigns as the epitome of progress knows, we are laying waste to our Mother's body and robbing our future generations of life-giving oxygen that trees produce.   We could be close to creating a planet as void of life as the moon.

Of course, it's questionable if indeed the moon is dead for it has been a major determinate to how life has evolved on this planet.   As the Christian mystic Meister Eckhart states, "God creates everything with everything else in mind."   Perhaps what even looks like a lifeless pile of rocks is an aspect of Life's process.   Perhaps the lifelessness we see in the moon and outer space is but a projection of our own lifelessness caused by enslavement to a sociopathic corporate system?

And perhaps our cancerous actions are just an aspect of major change on our planet.   Before evolution takes place, we have to die to what we are.   Perhaps this is the question each of us needs to answer for ourselves.   What are we willing to die to?   Are we willing to die to an economy that destroys the planet and enslaves a majority of people on our planet?   Are we also willing to let go of our intellectual, philosophical and religious self-righteousness and literally see the entire human race and, indeed, the population of plants and animals as extensions of a body of which we too are cells?   Can we also let go of our intellectual snobbery in saying we are the greatest species on this planet?

Can we also gaze into each other's eyes and see the entire universe, including ourselves mirrored?   Can we, indeed, know the true meaning of Nature as being our Essence and not some commodity to be bought and sold into slavery?

Can we change this scenereo through our Occupy movements?   Or, do we settle for a "meet the new boss same as the old" scenario? Deciding to cease being a cancer cell involves a death to a way of thinking, living and being in this world.   Is the resurrection from this death worth it?    This is the question we all must face.   I hope its "yes, I'm willing to face this death to being a cancer in order to conceive new life."    The potential is within you.  Your great-great-grandchildren will love you for bringing it forth.          

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)

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Dare we face the facts to what we are doing to the... by Burl Hall on Monday, Nov 7, 2011 at 9:11:03 AM
One need not be a proponent of the Gia Hypothisis ... by Paul Repstock on Monday, Nov 7, 2011 at 7:09:25 PM
You're absolutely right Paul. And, it's hard to t... by Burl Hall on Monday, Nov 7, 2011 at 7:18:22 PM
Some seven thousand years of recorded history indi... by arlen custer on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011 at 8:15:33 AM
In treating cancer we rely of doctors to diagnose ... by Philip Pease on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011 at 12:09:16 PM
"Before evolution takes place, we have to die to w... by Jim Prues on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011 at 1:36:48 PM
Thanks, Jim. I don't think anyone could have said... by Burl Hall on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011 at 2:22:17 PM