Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - March 30, 2006)
Humans: a minute in earth time
When two great forces collide, the victory will go to the one that knows
how to yield Taoist saying
|Photo by Rick Tremmel
|There are no more white tigers
left in the wild. According to the World Wildlife foundation,
its estimated that only 5,100 to 7,500 individual tigers now
remain in the entire world.
Ever stopped for a minute to think about how much effort and how many dollars are
spent to keep our world from returning back to nature?
From the first time a human took a digging stick and dragged it across the soil to
divert a rivulet of water weve been altering our environment to suit our
needs and whims.
From that simple carved rivulet rose dams, levies, walls, fences, barricades,
culverts, sewers, treatment plants, bridges and roads.
The United States alone has more than 2.42 million miles (3.9 million kilometers)
of paved roads. But have you ever noticed how hard those road crews work to repair
what nature keeps undoing?
Have you ever wondered what kind of spirit that tiny little weed must have as it
pushes between the cracks of a sidewalk to show the world its beautiful yellow
We cant stop progress, and there are few people that would suggest we go
backwards to live in huts along flooding river banks or return to nomadic
lifestyles following the seasons, food and water resources.
A more reasonable solution and compromise is to manage our growth and alterations.
It is time to make changes. It is time to look for alternative solutions.
If we are to survive like the little weed growing between the cracks of cement, we
must resist to resist.
Floridians have firsthand experience with the forces of nature. These experiences
include our violent storms and hurricanes, but natures persistence is
present, as well, with each wave that strikes the shore, in each sunset that dips
below the horizon, in each river that carves its way through the landscape, with
each lake that fills with raindrops, with each oak that bows its limbs in strength
to touch the ground.
Nature yields to the lamp post on one day. The next day coral vine spirals upward
reaching for the sun on a new found perch. Nature yields to the destruction of
habitat on one day. The next day a pair of osprey build a nest upon a highway sign.
Nature yields and adapts.
If every member of the human race disappeared overnight, nature would persevere
beyond the memory of us. The concept that does not seem apparent to most citizens
is this: The consequences we deal out upon our earth will return negative results
We are the planned obsolescence. We are dispensable. We are altering ourselves out
of existence. Can we be so arrogant as to not realize that if there are no more
Siberian tigers, there are no more Florida panthers, black bears, spotted owls,
giant pandas, mountain gorillas, whooping cranes, condors or Javan rhinoceros that
we remain unaffected?
These losses are mere symptoms. Humans know about symptoms. We know that some of
the most destructive diseases for humans lay dormant with no symptoms at all until
it is already too late.
Without being melodramatic, I sincerely believe this is the situation of our
I sincerely believe that if we dont make a U-turn on our path of destruction
and resist to resist, it will be too late. It is necessary to invest in our future
with time, money, solutions and willpower. That little flower showing its yellow
face to the sun is a reminder to us that nature will return even though we are
As we rearrange, divert and alter the other elements we will certainly, absolutely
be affected. If we are the disease, our destiny will be to eventually disappear in
silent apathy. Whats left in our absence will harmoniously return back to
Thats the spirit and the legacy of the little yellow flower. It is that
little breathless song upon the forces of nature that will return the earth back to
with or without us.
Karen can be reached at MyMuddyPawsStudio@gmail.com.