Think I am just thinking.

Words are but thoughts made visible.

We try to save, what we destroy.

We try to save, what we destroy.

   Humanity as a whole really does some interesting things.  We have hunted many animals to the point of extinction.  We have destroyed forests, which were hundreds and even thousands of years old.  We have fished the oceans with larger and larger ship (factories), catching anything that we could gather in our nets.  We have pumped the atmosphere with billions of tons of pollutants.  We have devised ever more effective weapons, with which to destroy each other.

Yet!

   We have recognised and learned, that once a species is gone, it is gone forever.  We have created preserves around the world, in an effort to save some of that, which we have been destroying.  We have built zoo’s, into which we have placed animals in an effort, to not only save a species, but educate the larger public about how close we have come to losing forever those animals, they have come to enjoy.  We have made efforts to help repopulate some of the more endangered species, utilizing efforts all the way up to artificial insemination.

   We have set aside some of the most majestic woodlands within national  park systems, in order to preserve a piece of our heritage for our children and children’s children to enjoy for generations to come. 

  We have enacted regulations and laws in an effort to force business and industry to make ever more efficient power plants, factories, trucks and cars in an effort to reduce the amount of pollution being pumped into the air.  We have made incentives to try to produce alternative sources of energies and fuels which either have less pollution or are renewable by nature, or both.  All in order to try to make a better future than the one we have been heading toward.

   We have limited, through regulations and laws throughout the world, the ever-increasing fish catches.  All in order to prevent the total collapse of a fish species population and the ultimate collapse of a whole industry.   Through these efforts we have a chance at maintaining the fish supply for the enjoyment and sustenance of people throughout the world. 

   We have reduced the volume of nuclear weapons in the world and tried to limit the spread and or at least maintain an influence over the proliferation of more of these type weapons in the world.  We learned a number of years ago, that even testing these weapons is not in the best interests of anyone, or everyone.   Unfortunately we still struggle with use of the abundance of smaller yet almost as deadly, weapons still in use.   There is still much road to travel, but the alternatives are too horrible to consider.

So,

   Even as throughout the world we can see examples of destruction, pollution, over fishing, forest clear cutting, and exponential growth of energy use and fuel consumption, there is hope.

   For as I read and learn about what is happening in the world, I see we are making huge attempts are preserving what we have been destroying.  It is these attempts that give hope.  For with out an attempt, there is no hope of ever making something better.  As without change, we will continue to do as we have been doing, claiming in the end that “we did not know”. 

So, as we live each day, “We will try to save, what we have been destroying”!

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December 22, 2010 - Posted by | Politics, thinking

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