MAN vs Earth –Spoken Word Artist Prince Ea

| January 12, 2017 | Leave a Comment

In a short film directed by Spencer Sharp, spoken word artist Prince Ea’s powerful verses put human existence and the destruction we cause into perspective.

“In our quest to explore the galaxy,
rejects and neglects the home that we have here now.
So no, that can not be wisdom.
Wisdom is different.
While intelligence speaks, wisdom listens.
And we willingly covered our ears
to mother natures screams…” –Prince Ea

MAN vs EARTH full lyrics

This past summer, Prince Ea followed up on this theme releasing an apology letter to future generations, using the spoken word to say “sorry” for the destruction we have caused and to call for a redirection of our society’s trajectory.

“Dear Future Generations,
I think I speak for the rest of us when I say,
sorry, sorry we left you our mess of a planet.
Sorry that we were too caught up in our own doings to do something.
Sorry we listened to people who made excuses,
to do nothing.
I hope you forgive us,
we just didn’t realize how special the earth was,
like a marriage going wrong,
we didn’t know what we had until it was gone.” –Prince Ea

Dear Future Generations: Sorry full lyrics

In both pieces, Prince Ea unabashedly highlights the way humans mistreat nature and the consequences it holds. Using spoken word Prince Ea infuses passion into statements and figures common to the conversation of environmental destruction allowing the resulting pieces to connect with a more emotional level of our understanding and reaching a broader audience.


Born and raised on the North Side of St. Louis, Missouri, Prince Ea is a twenty-­eight year old poet, filmmaker, and speaker who studied anthropology through the University of Missouri St. Louis.

“We have a limited number of breaths on this planet. This realization is what led me to create the content I produce now. I am grateful for every moment, every unrepeatable miracle, and while I’m here I want to reach every single heart on the planet to show them that at our core we are Love, we are free, and we are one.” —Prince Ea

You can find more of Prince Ea’s work through his blog, and by finding him on Facebook and Twitter.


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MAHB Blog: https://mahb.stanford.edu/creative-expressions/prince-ea/

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  • Pierre Zartigue

    Le message que nous allons adressé à la future génération pour préserver la nature est très importante. La pollution de l’environnement est devenue un problème grave et crucial pour toute l’humanité. Les dimensions du fléau sont énormes. La planète nous prévient et pousse des cris désespérés pour que nous la sauvions et entreprenions des mesures pour sa sauvegarde. Les connaissances scientifiques et technologiques doivent être utilisées dans la bonne direction. Cet article illustre l’idée noble de prendre conscience de nos actes et de remédier au plus vite au désastre environnemental.

  • Andrew Gaines

    Sometimes we set the bar absurdly low in terms of
    the transformative needs of our time.

    Prince Ea’s video is comprehensive and beautifully spoken. But it ends with a
    minuscule call to action: send money to an NGO to save the forests.

    Yes, saving forests is critical, and it is fine for each of
    us to promote causes we are passionate about.

    However, I look forward to the day when calls to action also
    include a call for the viewer to go beyond donating and become a transition
    leader helping people they know come to grips with the deep systemic changes
    necessary to make civilization itself viable.

    Each of us can (and should) act as transition leaders now.
    Our proper goal in this age of ecological emergency is to inspire mainstream
    commitment to doing everything required to successfully transition to a
    life-sustaining society.

    Ready-to-use communication tools, including simple emails
    and the Kitchen Table
    Conversations Manual are freely available at http://www.GreatTransitionCommunicationBlitz.net.

    We are catalysing a Communication Blitz. Throughout March
    many individuals and organisations will communicate through their networks
    about the Great Transition to indicate to a life-sustaining society.