Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - Aug. 23, 2007)
Somethings Out of Order
Lofty oak trees grace the woods in the back of my home. In
the distance a neighbors sunlit roof peaks between the giant limbs.
On occasion a red-shouldered hawk has watched from an opportune bough for less
fortunate field mice. But today workmen in dungarees, work belts and bright orange
electrical equipment clamor over the structure as if bulky, odd insects.
My dogs watch suspiciously from their cozy beds in front of the glass door windows
and utter low protective growls. There is something out of order in their
Nothing has ever moved in that spot before. It is improbable for them to
understand where their safety and the safety of their pack, essentially me at this
moment, begins and ends.
These descendants of wolves cant perceive the rules of property rights or
townships, planning commissions, cities or state boundaries, countries, planets or
galaxies. I would simply be wasting my time in any attempt to explain these
foreign, complex concepts to them. At best I can only assure them those insects
will not bite.
Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone
you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever
was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of
confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager,
every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and
peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child,
inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every
"superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our
species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. Carl Sagan,
Pale Blue Dot, Random House, 1994
Consider the age of the Earth is around 4 billion years old. Consider hominids
have been on this Earth around 4 million years. Imagine for a moment 4 million
years ago our predecessors viewed the 200 billion stars of the Milky Way at 10
million light years from our planet.
Setting numbers aside, it is scarcely any easier for humans today to conceive our
ancestors marveling at the Milky Way 4 million years ago than the two pups beside
me understanding the repairmen scuttling upon my neighbors roof.
Try as we may, we are for the most part limited to how hot our coffee is in the
morning, how bad the traffic is to get home, whether or not our bosses got the
latest memo, or if the smoked turkey is still on sale at the grocers.
At best with complete amazement, we may watch televised radar of a tropical storm
shove off from the warm winds of Africa to become a hurricane in the Caribbean Sea.
But what if you were from a village that had never experienced television? What if
you were as unfamiliar with cameras and photographs as the other person is with
your serving desert from your honey sweetened home prepared goats milk
Truth is not necessarily based on fact, but rather ones conceptual
knowledge, as well, the villages acceptance of that particular reasoning.
There seems to be three stages of truth: ridicule, oppression, acceptance and or
rebellion. Concepts that have been historically considered truth must eventually be
put to challenge, for the expansion of the human knowledge base. Historically to
change an idea base, such as: The earth is flat, means the scholarly
and religious based truth concepts must be fervently and passionately
Global Warming has become a conceptual truth that is being duked out
in the media and politicians platforms between goliaths such as: Fox news and
Newsweek Magazine. Mega giants of religious, philosophical, corporative and
financial clout remain stuck somewhere in between, If it doesnt hurt me
directly, and Dont offend my Gods.
Such tunnel vision and myopia is certainly not unusual for our species, but it
serves to demonstrate the relatively limited distance hominoids have evolved in our
thought processes over the past 4 million years.
Fossil fuels remain the number one fuel, as glaciers melt at astonishing rates of
24 to 30 percent.
BP Global Oil reports: The Asia Pacific region once again recorded the most
rapid growth, rising by 4.9 percent, while consumption in North America fell by 0.5
percent. Chinese energy consumption rose by 8.4 percent and China continued to
account for the majority of global energy consumption growth.
More than 30 million acres of tropical forest are destroyed each year. Earth Trust
states recent estimates indicate that 50,000 species become extinct each year on
Humans make up only 0.1 percent of the planet earth's history. We seem
unable to conceptualize that we are just some small carbon atoms that barely make
up a blip upon our universes radar screen. We cant seem to
perceive the rules of this earth, this solar system, this galaxy or this vast
At best, we cozy up in our armchairs, continuing to reassure ourselves that
according to our conceptual truths, It is a little warmer than average this
year, my dear.
There is something out of order in our universe....back to nature.
Karen can be reached at MyMuddyPawsStudio@gmail.com.