Blog | Eric Co: The World is Still Enormous
The navigator cannot act on what they know, but what they think they know. The navigator must envision beyond sight, understand beyond the senses.
At one time we all had this kind of relationship, this kinship, to our environment. But the technological advances that have given us so much have also taken away as well; a grand bargain we as a society don’t always realize we’ve made. We have successfully surrounded ourselves with artifices that disconnect us from our surroundings, dull our senses, and dim our emotional connections to our place. While convenient, smart phones, the internet, and globalization absolve us from acknowledging our environmental problems — Where does our food come from? Why isn’t it safe to swim in the ocean after the rain? Why is it hotter, drier? Rather than navigating our surroundings, we are inured to them, expecting quick fixes, instant gratification, and the bliss that comes of ignorance.
The world has not gotten any smaller, but its problems are growing. In realizing that we cannot shrink these global problems we must rise to their scale to create global solutions. This the promise of Mālama Honua, an attempt to unite all of humanity toward devising shared solutions for common problems. Not unlike sailing aboard the wa’a, our only hope is to work together. To coordinate efforts among the world’s community on island Earth. We must do as our navigators do–we must envision our solutions beyond what we see; we must understand how to solve our global environmental problems beyond what we know; we must be prepared to step beyond what we think is possible.