I have already today seen and read so many things shared about Earth Day and the importance and ways to protect the planet. I wanted to wander off down a different path. So pull on your hiking boots, grab that reusable water bottle and let’s go hiking through a consideration of what once was.
Growing up here in this rural area, we had plenty of room to exercise our imagination. One of the ways was to be explorers, the discoverer of new places and things. We were the guides to new lands and new ways of life. All in our own back woods. Standing out in the woods, far away from the sounds of modern man, it was and still is, easy to think of how the land had to have once been.
Before we began building roadways across the countryside.
Before we began building cities that reach toward the sky and cover miles upon miles of land.
Before we began putting in various pipelines or cables.
Before we began strip logging or mining.
When you could walk into the woods and feel the peace that comes only from there. Imagine walking out into a field covered in wildflowers, watching the butterfly and the bees move from flower to flower. Be aware of the other, larger wild life that inhabit the area. Respect them and their wild nature. Out there, they are not zoo animals accustomed to people, they will hurt you.
Imagine, sitting alone on a seashore, on the bank of a river, pond or stream. Let the water sooth away stress. Let the water bring to you images of who may have been there before. Whether it was yesterday or a hundred years ago.
Imagine, standing on a mountaintop and looking out across the landscape stretching out before you. Let yours eyes look at what moves away for as far as you can see, and imagine. A land once wild, beautiful, unspoiled.
Civilization is only bad, when it disrespects where it lives. When we can’t keep the land clean from the litter we can’t dispose of properly. When we fill the air and water with waste without care or concern. When we fail to realize that the riches of the world are not infinite. When money becomes a god and responsibility a liability.
We saw how the lock downs have helped to work toward healing the land. Imagine if you will, keeping that momentum going as the world begins to open back up. We need the Earth, much more than she needs us. Imagine if you will, the beauty this planet could hold, without us. If we do not show her a greater respect and along with that each other, we may in fact cause our own extinction.