my first trip to joshua tree. drove through the park blasting the soundtrack to koyaanisqatsi. walked around. took some photos. let out a scream or two into the quiet, vast, open space.
To think that we have an effect on the planet is the height of arrogance. We are nothing to this earth. We are a speck. We are ants. The earth has existed for over three billion years. In comparison, humans have existed for less than one-one hundredth of a nanosecond.
If you look at the unprecedented blizzards we’ve been having this winter across two-thirds of the country, you can clearly see that we had absolutely nothing to do with these storms. We did not cause them and we sure have a heck of a time trying to deal and cope with them.
Mother nature is far far more powerful than we are. We haven’t harmed it. Quite the contrary, in fact. We are the ones having to protect ourselves from it. Several people have died this winter solely as a result from the wrath of Mother Nature—her violent rage, bitter cold, and below freezing temperatures. The snow and ice, the floods, hurricanes, and tsunamis reveal our frailty and insignificance.
Mother Nature doesn’t care if you recycle. She doesn’t pass over your house if you use reusable, canvas bags at Whole Foods. She is brutal and can easily destroy anything in her path. To think we have damaged her with our “pollutants” is to think we can affect gravity or the distance of the stars. You’re not that powerful. Get over yourselves!