Niche crisis (this essay has new, expanded version as Niche crisis II)
This species is on the brink of extinction. Each species survival relays on the quality of its niche. The resilience of the species depends on ability to adapt to environmental changes. The organisms, members of a species, use energy to build size of the niche , diversity and complexity.
Human’s niche is shrinking , diversity is dwindling and the complexity is built to drive these processes instead of protecting niche and diversity. Quality of life is rapidly decreasing: people are frightened, worried, angry, impoverished physically, emotionally and intellectually.
This happened before to many other species and they were extinct, including all six species of earlier humans.
But only our species can observe this happening.
Can we use this unique fact to reverse the trend?
I will never know, my children might, my grandchildren will know for sure.
To survive we need stop fighting- we need to conquer out tribalism, nationalism and religious divides.
To survive we need recognise our unity as a species, as a group of fellow travellers on the same leaking boat, develop friendships, admiration to each other and learn how to cooperate.
To survive we have to quit being materialistic, learn ourselves and teach our children from the crib to cherish and be happy with experiences not with things,
To survive we need to shrink our world population and our economies, develop new education system with emphasis on humanities, art, music , theater and philosophy.