On Ecology and Live Earth 070707
One of the most noticeable characteristics of Nature growing up in The North-East United States has been the changing Seasons. The green Summer landscape, littered with flowers of varied colors and scents, indigenous trees and diversity of life, most of which can’t be seen with eyesight but sensed through some intangible breadth while immersed in the pregnant tapestry.
Here, we also experience the noticeable transformation of life as the leaves fall from the trees, symbolic of the knowledge that a change is coming and recognizing with undeniable awareness (in an unexplainable way) the cycle is ending. What life exists now must prepare for some kind of hibernation (Winter), while leaving seeds of its existence to fulfill their purpose and become the basis for future cycles to come.
Every species have their internal barometer to adapt to their “atmosphere” with an instinctual sense to embrace variety and find their place within it. Birds drop seeds they have swallowed as they fly South before coming back in Spring. Trees discard acorns and squirrels know to gather them for the Winter. Homo-sapiens are the only species that seem to refuse to understand this cycle and have been reluctant to consider the consequences of their actions, or of the industrial revolution and its impact on our ecosystems.
Those cultures that lived close to nature and had a respect for it – such as the North-American indigenous populations who based much of their religious beliefs and mythology on The Earth, its cycles and the other forces it contained – were forcibly assimilated because “technology-advanced” societies acted as predators, expanding the boundaries of a domain that a “manifest destiny” afforded them.
Part of this problem is the ego-centricity of homo-sapiens that we are the “center of all life” because of “our” sentience and other species are “our” solar system and must conform to “our gravity” which is based on “our” convenience, “our” expense, “our” time and “our” personal interest. This “our eccentricity” clouds the inner perception that we are just part of one huge panorama where everything that exists within it, belongs.
The politicians who are in power in democratic countries are expected to lead because, without quality and dedicated leadership, we run the risk that corporation lobbyists will do everything to influence them to vote for the interests that benefit a particular private enterprise. This occurs all the time. Leaders should also display leadership qualities and set some examples. This is what “leaders” are supposed to do.
The reliance on politicians to do something does not entitle any individual to abdicate their personal responsibility to listen to that inner perception which tells each and every one of us that what is happening to this planet is not part of the normal evolutionary cycle, analogous to the changing of the seasons. The industrial revolution has created consequences we have not prepared for. Since we are just part of “the scenery”, perhaps it’s time to reflect what our place within that landscape should be.
The willow’s branch bends low and heavy,
Bark and leaf drip dew more heavily
As he sees in the distance, ever so clearly,
What makes him weep and fear so dearly
From a new built factory, ever so near,
Dark clouds of smoke, that everyone fears
A stench, a smell, fills water and air
Moving down the stream, closer,
Closer to everything near
Bearing its contempt, its malice,
For what is now here.