Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Nature's Call

We are the trees, we are the rocks, we are the water.

Donna House (Navajo)
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"The lack of money is the root of all evil." (Shaw)

In among the Vagabond Jottings somewhere is the statement "We don't own the earth. The earth owns us." Nature gives us the forests, the mountains, the oceans and lets the sun shine in. The earth is a benevolent mother and is patient with us, but only up to a point.

Greed is a strange sin. It seems to be the only human error to be completely justified by human life. Since money, or some form of currency, runs civilization, feeds us, houses us and pays for our safety and security, the more we have of it the better. Right? Money is a good thing. So is a class of wine with dinner, or maybe two. But how close is that glass of wine to alcoholism. For most people, not at all. For others it leads directly into drunkenness and anti-social behavior.

Not so with money. The more you can accumulate the better. It enables you to have a good home, maybe two. You can send your kids to good colleges, take fancy vacations, maybe a pleasure boat for the family, or why not a yacht and a private jet. some day you may even get your own space ship. Then you'll be among "the orbiting set" and not just "the jet set." You are now considered one of "the super rich," "the important people" or what's even worse "blessed by the Lord." Eventually you'll have enough money to influence government decisions to protect your money and institute programs to suit you. Oh yes, you'll write fat checks to charities to let everyone know you're a good guy.

But have you stopped to consider where your money is coming from? Is it coming off the backs of slave laborers in Africa and Asia, from suffering animals, from the subtle plundering of the rest of us with exorbitant interest rates and over charging, from services paid for but not rendered, the rape of the earth's natural resources?

"We are the trees, we are the rocks, we are the water." As we destroy the forests, blow up the rocks and pollute the waters we are killing ourselves. There is no question about that. The universe could destroy all life on this planet in a cosmic flash if it was necessary. How many rain forests have to be burned down, how many explosions in mine shafts have to happen, how much oil and other garbage has to be dumped into our oceans killing innocent fish and wildlife before Nature says "THAT'S IT" kicks us out and starts cleaning up the mess?

And how many millions of years will it take for one primordial creature to meet some other primordial creature and start the process all over again?

DB
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SUMMER QUESTION
(This is not a contest.)

Who are the 2 (two) most important people alive today? Why?

5 responses so far.

dbdacoba@aol.com

Thank you.
DB
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7 comments:

pacifica62 said...

From what I see, we have not been very good stewards of our earth and for all intents and purposes we deserve to be kicked out. No doubt Mother Nature is sitting back with a smile cause she knows we are in the process of destroying ourselves anyway.

DB said...

Thank you Pacifica. I realize this is a hard nosed brass knuckle entry but I haven't addressed the oil splill specifically yet. It's just symptomatic of all the other destruction that's going on paid for by the undeserving rich.

Rene said...

Wow! what can I say but Great post DB. You just said everything I ever wanted to say.

Valerie said...

I loved this entry, DB. I see you addressed the oil spill in your comments. It was making me too physically sick. I can't even watch it or listen about it anymore. I was getting too upset. Wow. Hugs, my friend, Val xo

pacifica62 said...

db I do not think your entry was hard nosed enough. We know better, but sad to say greed wins out in the end. Big companies make big money exploiting our earth. Whether it is oil, deforestation, building hydro electric dams, strip mining or endangering wild life species, greed and the desire to make some people filthy rich is the only motivation that counts. That oil spill is but a small problem compared to what could be happening down there with hundreds of deep sea wells. However, "we" are not entirely blameless in all of this. What are "we" (the general public) doing to change our lifestyle and reduce or elminate our need for fossil fuels. We have the technology to live our lives differently. However the conglomerates would not be in business if there was no demand for their products. I do believe that we should be kicked out, but let those be first in line who profit from this greed and arrogance, including politicians. We all have to accept some responsibility for our part in all of this as well.

DB said...

Thank you again Pacifica. For my own part I can turn off my computer and my lights and thus save some fuel, or, examining myself for any self=justification, I can keep the computer on and write the words that help others to see the realities we live with and find their own paths to stop the erosion of our future.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

I am not planning on having any more money than is necessary for Beth and I to live a comfortable retirement. Anything more than that will only be squabbled over and put to ill use. Of course, there will be a few charities out there that get some nice chunks :o)