The One Ring: a History of Why Things Are the Way They Are
Why there are so many problems on our planet?
Why does poverty, hunger, greed, violence, pollution, corruption, and human-driven climate change still exist? Why IS it that 7 billion people seem unable to work together to solve these age-old evils? Is the human species genetically predisposed to its own destruction? Do you ever find yourself daydreaming about an escape to Middle Earth, to live as a Hobbit in a hole in the ground? Wouldn’t it be awesome if our world had one magical, evil ring that you could just toss into a smoking volcano somewhere and solve all of our problems? Believe it or not, it does, and YOU can.
In The One Ring: a History of Why Things Are the Way They Are, part II of Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth, Steve Bivans examines the root of civilization’s evils, and compares it to Sauron’s One Ring. Like the evil trinket in the Lord of the Rings, our Ring is ancient, in fact, it’s even more ancient than Sauron’s! Ours is almost 10,000 years old, and we all carry it around in our ‘pocketses’ every day. But we no longer see it, or even know it’s there. It is very secret, and very safe. It has become invisible, and if we don’t destroy it, it will turn us all into Ringwraiths or Gollums. It will destroy our Earth as surely as Sauron and Saruman would have consumed Middle Earth in total darkness. But there is hope!
Luckily, our Ring isn’t genetic; it’s philosophical. It’s a flawed worldview not a twisted strand of DNA that’s driving us towards destruction. And this Ring can be destroyed simply by rejecting it and adopting a new mindset, one of a Hobbit. In The One Ring, Steve explains in detail how our Ring came into being and how it can be destroyed and replaced with a more sustainable mentality. He also helps us to build our own Fellowship of the Ring, if you will, by looking around and identifying our allies as well as our opponents. Who are the Modern Hobbits, Wizards, Elves, Dwarves, Humans, Ringwraiths, Saurons, and Sarumans in our world? Viewing our world through this lens, we can–in a very real way–step through a magical mirror into Middle Earth and become heroic Hobbits on a quest to save it!
But this is not a game, or a fantasy! Far from it. This is a real War of the Ring, and the stakes are as high as they can be: our survival as a species. If we lose, we lose it all; like the millions of failed species before, we’ll become dusty, fossil footnotes preserved in the crust of our ancient planet. If we win, we will create a world worth fighting for. Are you in? Will you Be a Hobbit, and Save the Earth?