Life itself is our only purpose. Being fully aware of this changes our perspective on what we consider progress and how we, as humans, fit in the world. Our future will be the outcome of overcoming a stage based on dominance and establishing a symbiotic relationship with nature.
Learning from nature positions us in a new relationship with our vitality that allows to recognize other languages that are not our own, and to accept the fact that we are only one out of many forms of conscious intelligence that have developed on the planet.
The knowledge that we cannot detach ourselves from nature leads to a change of values, attitudes, and intentions that guide human activity towards a truly sustainable future from an ethical, economic and social point of view. In that sense, biomimetics provides a metamodel that allows us to overcome obsolete conceptual frameworks and to respond at the contemporary global challenges, providing innovative solutions based on the study of natural patterns and the maintenance of cohesion and the balance of a wide array of systems. This is a new vision of progress that will undoubtedly lead to great technological advances and substantial improvement in the quality of life but that, above all, will entail a new governance model that will give meaning and purpose to all actions. The current systemic crisis must be interpreted as an opportunity given to us, as a species, to responsibly use our capacities and transcend the limits we imposed ourselves. Luckily, nature is here to help us.
“When we look at what is truly sustainable, the only real model that has worked over long periods of time is the natural world”. Janine Benyus