What if Nature Spoke?

What if Mother Nature spoke, what might she say?

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Nature, from "natura," a Latin word meaning birth or character. Mother Nature then becomes the giver of life, the mother of character; she is the seat of wisdom between the divine and the human.

She was honored in the East, revered in the West, and worshiped throughout. The hours of the day revolve around her, we built the year in harmony with her seasons. The Holy Cross itself does not only represent a Savior but in earlier times the cross delineated the seasons of harvest.

Along the way, Mother Nature became a tool, a resource. Not something we inhabited, but something we conquered. For ages it was man with nature, but in recent times it became man versus nature. In the short history of man we have done more damage in the past ten years than we have in the past one hundred. We have forgotten who gave us life. We have lost touch with our character. We are cannibalizing our Mother... Yet in nature, it is the mother who cannibalizes her young.

Petroleum is the product of a distillation from great depth and issues from the primitive rocks beneath which the forces of all volcanic action lie.
— Alexander von Humboldt

We like to say that we come from stardust and one day we will return to stardust. That's what we like to say. Mother Nature might say, since we rely so heavily on fossil fuels, when it is all gone, we will return to the earth and replace what we have spent. We ignore that fossils are former living beings, and we are not exempt from this process. We may, in fact, be hurling ourselves towards it. The amount of fossil fuel discovered is a reminder that there was once a great catastrophe that wiped away most living creatures and turned them into what we now know as fuel. Our usage of it should be a constant reminder of this. Yet, we act as if we are unaware. It's a narrative that lacks romance, but it's one that is more immediate and likely. It makes us uncomfortable because it makes us culpable. So we look away.

There were a million heavenly things to see and a million spectacular ways to die.
— Ben Montgomery
(A diagram of the geological time scale | United States Geological Survey)

(A diagram of the geological time scale | United States Geological Survey)

Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque revenit.

(You can drive nature out with a pitchfork, she will nevertheless come back.)
— Horace (65-8 B.C.)

Thanks to a short film by Conservation International and Julia Roberts, we can hear what Mother Nature might say...

Mother Nature

Some call me nature... Others call me Mother Nature.

I’ve been here for over four and a half billion years. Twenty-two thousand five hundred times longer than you.

I don’t really need people, but people need me. Yes, your future depends on me.

When I thrive, you thrive. When I falter, you falter... or worse.

But I’ve been here for eons. I have fed species greater than you, and I have starved species greater than you.

My oceans. My soil. My flowing streams. My forests. They all can take you... or leave you.

How you chose to live each day, whether you regard or disregard me, doesn’t really matter to me.

One way or the other. Your actions will determine your fate, not mine. I am nature. I will go on. I am prepared to evolve.

Are you?
— Nature Is Speaking

What if Mother Nature spoke, what might she say? What if Mother Nature spoke, would we listen? In reality, when Mother Nature speaks, it's through her actions. That has always been her way...

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