As I have listened to the unenlightened blame dead trees for all our fires, where there are no dead trees, have suffered under the barrage of ignorance from politicians and industrialists who talk of clearing forests to protect us from fires that occur nowhere near such forests, and fretted over the demonization of habitat under, between, and far from forests in the form of small plants and bushes, I have found myself embittered, saddened, remorseful, worried about our future as a species.
Have we really become so disconnected from Nature that we now make up stories to push her further away, to justify her domestication until all that is left is the occasional weed between the cracks of a sidewalk, or the random shrub that appears in the human-made, park-like forest? Do we really believe that logging companies, burners of smashed habitat, and Novocained bureaucrats who have barely left their desks in years to kiss an unfettered stream, have our best interests at heart? Do we honestly think such broken souls will fix Nature for us so that she will finally bend to our will? Do we really believe in our own hubris so much that we really think we can force Nature to reflect our fantasy of a bucolic place that has lost all manner of teeth and spirit? What kind of world do we think we are creating?
I shall suggest what type of world. A world filled with filtered air, indoor lights, meeting rooms, refrigerators, and fat asses.
Log the trees? Clear the brush? Dam the rivers? Create the final app that will suck us all into an artificial world that allows us to forget where we came from?
I say to hell with that. To hell with the politicians who listen to the entrenched bureaucracies who care more for their budgets and careers than for the mission they are charged to follow. To hell with those who listen to the money instead of listening to the people who can not travel to the capitol or to those who speak for Nature for no monetary return. To hell to the industrialists who infect the capitol with their multitudes. To hell with the non-thinking masses who fail to question anything they hear, especially, of course, if it confirms their own vapid beliefs twisted into a form that no longer recognizes truth.