I wonder about the limits to “All is well.” Can we say that about wars, about sexual violence, about destruction of Mother Earth, the possible extinction of everything bigger than a cockroach? I’ve struggled with those fears for 30 years. All is Well is helping me realize that what seems like the end of the world may be just another step in an endless path.
After all, the world has ended many times before. Hindus and many others share that belief. We know from science that asteroid collisions have wiped out most species in the past, and before that rising oxygen levels killed off nearly all the non-breather organisms, which was almost everybody alive. So for them, like for the dinosaurs, the world ended. But life kept going.
Cultures and populations have died off or been destroyed by invading armies or hydrogen bomb tests; the end of the world for them. Yet life continues.
And unlike the H-bomb tests, there is really nobody to blame for global warming. Or there are so many millions to blame that it becomes pointless. People developed technology to give themselves better lives. They didn’t know the consequences of runaway growth.
The indigenous people have a right to complain. They tried to warn us about damaging our Earth Mother, but due to technology, most people’s life expectancy, health, perceived quality of life, wealth and happiness were going up. Could they really be expected to worry about the seventh generation ahead, when so many things seemed to be improving?
It’s also true that there are other planets. Even if life on Earth were to totally disappear, life would continue to exist in a million million places around the universe. Our spirits might get there eventually, if you believe we have spirit. Even if you don’t, others will take up where we left off. And time has no meaning when you are dead. So, even if you have to take a very long view to see it, I still believe all is well.