Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - Feb. 21, 2008)
A rose in winter
Moondance is her name. In the dead of winter she has
chosen to produce one large, stunning white rose blossom dusted in translucent
shades of lavender.
Graced upon a lengthy, 30 inch stem, this rose blossom seems to embody that spirit
of joy and splendor that humans strive for. It only took a warm breeze and a few
drops of rain to encourage this beauty to share her joy of life with us. Moondance
offers a moment of hope.
We learn so many lessons from nature. The natural world is not here just to look
pretty or to provide us humans with the basic elements for life.
One can read a stack of praiseworthy books, but for an equal amount of time one
can realize a wealth of profound knowledge simply sitting alone with nature.
We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids,
but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our
soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability
of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor. Thoreau
Imagine a world without whales, tigers, polar bears, national forests, and wolves
in the wild, black bears, panthers, manatees and wild horses.
In recent months there has been a barrage of horrific cases of animal abuse. An
eagle shot. A llama was beaten to death. Dogs mauled to death in dog fighting
contests. The brutal killing of two pet pigs. At Christmas two puppies were set on
fire in a trailer park. Has the human race become so disconnected from nature that
nature is devalued, as is life itself?
Its impossible to turn on the TV, radio or open a newspaper without the
instant bombardment of he says, she says political rhetoric.
My party ... your party ... we do while you wont. Has our countrys
politics become exclusively governed by parties or by what each of us truly
believes? Are we voting for persons, issues or institutions?
Green issues to consider:
The present administration is poised to remove wolves from the endangered
species list, allowing Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana to kill more than 80 percent of
the wolves in the northern Rockies. A plan would allow the states of Idaho,
Wyoming, and Montana to kill well over half of the Rocky Mountain wolf population,
including by shooting wolves from the air, while they are still protected under the
Endangered Species Act.
Despite the publics interest in protecting whales, U.S. leadership on
whale issues has significantly declined over the past five years. Most recently,
the United States refused to join with 30 nations and the European Commission in a
diplomatic protest against Japans Antarctic whaling program.
The Bureau of Land Management 2007 Round-Up Schedule. Close to 7,000 horses
and burros will be captured, further threatening the genetic viability of our wild
herds. The absolute minimum estimated cost of these round-ups and annual
containment of the captured horses exceeds $15 million.
The Bush administration took its third swipe in recent weeks at opening
protected areas in America's national forests to logging before Bush leaves office.
A federal plan puts a for sale sign on trees in vast swaths of the
nation's largest national forest: The Tongass rainforest in Alaska. This move by
officials to reverse roadless area protections joins two others made recently in
the national forests located in Idaho and Colorado.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the
essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and
not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. Thoreau
Honor and embrace the natural world. Like the white rose blooming in winter,
standing tall and proud, take a stand for the essential joys and lessons of life
... back to nature.
Karen can be reached at MyMuddyPawsStudio@gmail.com.