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?

It’s 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 won’t. Has our country’s 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 public’s 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 Japan’s 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.

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