The triple P
The being's development predominantly depends on the interaction between his own nature and the surrounding world, his environment. How does this interaction work ? What are the respective roles of the being's proper nature and the environment ? How does the being evolve through different manifestation states ? What does it imply regarding the relationships between the being and its environment ? There are so many questions that any being, particularly in charge of economic or political responsibilities, should think about.
The being's constitution is the result of the action of his own nature on the surrounding world. His progression from the ordinary to the human and spiritual states of being depends on the adequacy of the outer influences with his proper possibilities for each manifestation state he has to go through. If the external conditions allow the being to develop, in return, the environment benefits from a broader being's vision. We have everything to gain from such an evolution, which go through the ability to assess the consequences of our decisions on the surrounding world.
Three basic principles, the triple-P, which should guide our ordinary life, will show us how far environment and being's development are interrelated:
1. Preservation of (non-renewed) resources
Particularly of vegetal and animal life mostly through their habitats.
We may only preserve what still exists, especially regarding landscapes. It is amazing that the same countryside, which appeared desperately depleted to the late Victorians and in a strong need of salvation, looks so beautiful to us today and has become the constant object of countless re-creations in gardens, literature, movies, TV series, advertising etc. Perhaps our grand or great-grand children will, by the end of this century, look back to its beginning and see another lost paradise in it. And they may build up new plans to recover the world we are living in as we would like to with the good old days. Or, they will continue to foresee a high-tech future as we do. Or, maybe both!
Man is constantly swinging between memories of the past and dreams of earlier or future time, between nostalgia and utopia, instead of simply being where he stands, caring about what is happening here and now. Rather than dreaming, would it not be better to be really present to the world, the inner and the outer, to see what is really going on inside and outside us. And why not start by reducing our consumption of energy and (non-renewed) resources, if it were only for our grand or great grand children ? The so-called sustainable development above all means a sustained solidarity between generations.
2. Precaution attitude
Regarding environmental irreversible damages, especially for the most exposed areas.
Regarding Europe, this concerns mostly marshes or wetlands. These attractive areas, containing a rich flora and a specialized fauna, are important for threatened species, including bird migrations. Moreover, they decontaminate streams from various toxins as well as nitrate and phosphorous excess. They also regulate water flows, refill groundwater and prevent floods. Furthermore, these areas are the most productive regarding the production of vegetal matter and oxygen. Contrary to a generally accepted idea, they purify the surrounding air. The annoyances caused by insects should not justify their threatening by railway and road construction or land planning. All the more so since marshes are very difficult to restore.
Avoiding their irreversible destruction means being in harmony with our environment where a destruction is never an end point, but the beginning of a re-generation. This non-action may preserve outer conditions favouring the development of our own nature, psychical and spiritual as well.
3. Prevention behaviour
Concerning any harmful impact on the environment.
Prevention deals with our daily life, our daily actions. We should be able to take into account the consequences of our actions and minimize their possible damage. This is the most obvious, but also most difficult principle to apply. Weighing up the consequences of our decisions implies being truly conscious of both ourselves and the surrounding world. All the more so since, the daily pollution is the most diffuse, pernicious and dangerous. For instance, the pollutants carried daily by the atmosphere and rivers into marine waters as well as oil tanker cleanups are causing more widespread damage than occasional oil spills. This example alone should help us to understand how important the consciousness of our daily behaviour is. A consciousness which can only be acquired through a real knowledge of the union of man and nature, of man with his own nature.