“The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you; they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.”
— Wade Davis
Reflect the Ethnosphere by Conscious Contributor Evy Bjorn
The ethnosphere, as defined by anthropologist Wade Davis who coined the term says “the sum total of all thoughts and intuitions, myths and beliefs, ideas and inspirations brought into being by the human imagination since the dawn of consciousness; the ethnosphere is humanity’s greatest legacy.”
Intertwined with the biological web of life known as the biosphere, humanity has inherently borrowed its life source and culture from the Earth. Every society represents a unique perspective of life. Every language, song, dance, cuisine, art, and invention are all individual statements utilizing the centralized culture around them, reflecting in the global sphere that makes this planetso unique. It’s what makes every person just as equally compelling. We are all connected because of the Earth. Simply put, ethnosphere is our cultural fabric and diversity.
We’re familiar with the numerous threats to the natural world: pollution, destruction of habitats, and the effects of climate change, but what about the ethnosphere? Our cultural diversity is also being severely eroded, and at a much faster rate.
What will we become if we do not care for the planet and appreciate all of the different groups of people that inspired the culture of humanity? I recently read that a group of analysts at HSBC stated that the world spent its entire natural resource budget for 2018 by August 1st. That means that the world’s population used up all of the planet’s resources for the year in just seven months. Known now as Earth Overshoot Day, it is a global reflection that governments and businesses are not prepared for the effects of Climate Change, nor are they using natural resources efficiently.
If we do not reflect on how every individual impacts the whole of humanity, how each and every culture utilizes and adds to the Earth and its biosphere, then there simply will not be an ethnosphere to enrich upon. Together, we should strive to make positive changes in regards to both the planet and celebrating the different cultures that inhabit it in order to preserve the ethnosphere.
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