A long time ago we accepted the fact that the Earth was round rather than flat. There were many beliefs in human history about the reality, many been wrong and many still are.
What I wanted to write about today is how I see all living beings (animals(includes humans), plants, microorganisms), how are they related to Earth, and the Earth itself in the context of the Universe.
Let's look at a Human organism.
Human organism comprises of trillions of cells to create an organism. Groups of cells specialize to create organs. Yet every cell in that organism have the ability to perform all the functions that the whole organism can. I think this would be the definition of every living organism.
Now if we look at ourselves from this perspective, we Humans, other animals and plants are the cells in a living organism that is Earth. We the Humans are not consciously aware of this, hence we destroy the very organism that gives us life. I think the best analogy would be cancerous cells in Human organism. We act as a cancerous cells in Earth's organism.
It is important to note, that most of the people are innately good and loving. Most of us don't want to destroy the World.
We pay the corporations for the food, water, energy...
We pay for all services that are made for profit with no regards for the environment and the wellbeing of any living beings.
All the other living beings live "with the Nature" rather than against it but we act as if we're not part of Nature. We are not conscious of the fact that we are a part of a greater organism that is Earth.
Our cells are comprised of even smaller parts, we can go down that route, through atoms, quarks, to the strings etc. But we can also go up the scale and as much as we are the cells of and Earth as an organism, we can look at the Earth as a cell in the organism that is Universe.
How far up this goes I don't know. Maybe to infinity?
There are a lot of theories and they are all trying to solve the problem of who we are, what is this all about. This is just one of my theories.
What is yours?