This chapter is written by Max More as a letter from a human offspring to Mother Nature. The author writes that it is time to amend the human constitution. He says that the humans will pursue a series of changes to their own constitution, initiated with the tools of biotechnology guided by critical and creative thinking. In particular, More declares seven amendments to the human constitution, which involve enduring vitality, perceptual range expansion through biotechnological and computational means, and neural organization and capacity improvement. The other amendments concern supplementing the neocortex with a “metabrain,” taking charge over our genetic programming and achieving mastery over our biological, and neurological processes, seeking to improve upon typical human emotional excesses, and increasingly integrating our advancing technologies into our selves. These amendments to human constitution will transition us from a human to a posthuman condition as individuals.
Save the Forest
The evolution of people and animals was only possible because of plants. Plants are the base of the food chain and the source of energy for almost all life on Earth. Forests are ancient, mature communities of plants and animals, with homes and places for thousands of species. Forests give us oxygen, food, shelter, medicines, fuel, and furniture. Forests protect us from the heat of the sun, and from wind, cold, and rain. Forests maintain the balance of nature, the environment, the climate, the weather, and the composition of the atmosphere. As a matter of fact, forests are our life. But what are we doing? We are destroying the forests, meaning we are destroying our life and our future. All the problems we face today are made worse by deforestation. If we are thinking beings, we must save plants and forests, because they save us.
Save the Wildlife
We can’t say the Earth belongs to humans; living things were using it for billions of years, before our own species showed up just some five million years ago. Our Earth belongs to all living things, if it belongs to any of them. But we overpowered many species and killed them for our use. Now thousands of species are extinct because their habitat is gone. As a matter of fact, these animals, birds, and insects have actually built a better environment for us, provided us with so many things: they are not just creatures, but the real creators of nature. We are here on Earth because they are here on Earth. If they are gone, we will also be gone. So the only wise thing to do is to save wildlife and its habitat.
Save the Environment
Through deforestation, urbanization, industrialization, and pollution, our environment is being destroyed. Flows of energy, nutrients, and other elements are disrupted. Global warming and climate change are the major threats to Earth and all human beings. Due to carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emitted by civilization, heat is building up in the atmosphere at a rate not seen for tens of millions of years. The cities are becoming “heat islands.” Pollution is becoming a great killer. Levels of air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution, and food contamination are high. Human interference has brought nature close to destruction. Now we all must come together to prevent pollution and save the environment and humankind.