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.
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.
Thanks to a short film by Conservation International and Julia Roberts, we can hear what Mother Nature might say...
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...
Useful Companions (Improve Your Education and This Site by Buying a Book):
- To donate or get involved with Conservation International
- The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World – Andrea Wulf
- The Complete Odes and Epodes - Horace (Author), David West (Translator)
- Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail - Ben Montgomery