Nature is the most beautiful asset out there right now, which is why I am such an advocate of sustaining it. When I am in the woods, away from any man-made structures, on a path through trees and shrubs, it just makes my day. Some people may call it an escape, but I call it going home. That is where we came from. The forest. Our biology is rooted there. I am a strong advocate of naturalism, and I know for a fact we are not supposed to live the way society conditions us to do so. If God has a Divine Plan, I’m pretty sure a credit report was not any part of it. Neither was the IRS.
If I had the survival skills and was able to, I would go into the woods in a heartbeat. I’d build a log cabin and live out my days in a peaceful setting. But you can’t do that stuff anymore. Every square inch of land is owned by somebody and God forbid if you step on “their property.” It still does not make sense to me. How can someone “own” land? I know you people paid good money to get the particular lot you have, but whenever I think of the space in which I occupy, I can’t help but think of all the wildlife that was displaced because of our need to get a bigger house with a bigger yard and a perfect lawn, and the trees imported from their native areas projected onto our land, out of place.
What gets to be really depressing in some respects is I can see the deforestation happening before my eyes. Every day, another forest gets ripped up in the name of “progress,” while we cut down the Earth’s biodiversity more still. But we all put it out of sight, out of mind, but you can’t be living consciously if you do not acknowledge the atrocities us humans have bestowed upon our Mother Earth. And we also treat Father Time like a commodity. “Time is money.” “Stop wasting time.” I remember Jerry Seinfeld talking about time, how people go around, trying to save time, and then when they’re about to die, they’re like, “Wait a minute, what happened to all the time I saved? There has to be some left!” I don’t have the exact wording, but the idea remains complete.
I can tell you the answer to “Why are we here?” has nothing to do with building more malls and boutiques, not to mention displacing millions of animals and plant life. We are not here to dominate the Earth, and make it our bitch. We are not here to go into fictitious wars for oil and to stage terrorist attacks. To tell you the truth, I do not know exactly why we are here and what all this means, but if you look at everything we do as a species from a global/spiritual perspective, you start to see how insane a lot of it is. Our lives, everything we stand for, is so trivial, and yet we keep moving onto the next socially conditioned activity, pretending we like it, pretending that everything is fine. But it’s not. And nature helps me remember that. Nature helps me feel whole. It is my home away from home (or lot).
We are a genetic experiment gone awry at this point, and although I know the human race’s time is limited here, I do not root for us. I know we will eventually destroy ourselves somehow in the near future. But it’s okay. The Earth will just shrug and say, “Well, that one didn’t work either.” More than 25 species go extinct every day, and we’ll just be another one of them. Sure, we’ll be the one that caused the most damage, but in the timelessness of nature and the universe, we will be forgotten. If there is no one left to observe us and record our activities, we will simply fade away. And there’s nothing bad about it. It just is. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
If you look at life from the perspective of the entire universe, you start to see how trivial a lot of the things you worry about are. Life is something that is infinite, at least for the time our planet exists, and no matter what happens (even an asteroid smashing into our beloved homeleand), the universe will survive, persevere. Just think about how the dinosaurs felt when they were wiped off the planet. It was a sad time, no doubt, but the Earth recovered and eventually it will have to go through another “cleansing phase.” Do not fear this, as it is just another way the ecosystem rebalances itself. Maybe it’s a little payback for our destructive behaviors. I don’t know. I didn’t write the manual on how the universe works, I just love to observe it in its glory.
I think the main reason why people don’t respect nature is because they don’t spend enough time in it to really experience it. This is why I encourage you to take some time, whenever you have some, and go out into the wilderness and see the amazing things that go on there. They may not be newsworthy, like the murder downtown, but it will be an experience you will enjoy. Never take the forests for granted because they may not be here for long. But I know they will return, once we realize what we are doing on a global level, or alternatively, we are wiped off of this blue-green marble due to an extinction event such as a pandemic. And that’s okay. I can live with that. The universe knows what it’s doing, probably a lot more than we do. Maybe one more strip mall is all it will take before it says, “Enough!,” and casts us off into oblivion. Or maybe it will take centuries. Either way, I’m here for the ride. I hope you are, too.
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