“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” — Henry David Thoreau
We get lost in reverie when we step into nature, and, yet, we treat it with such disdain.
Right now, and for quite some time — longer than most people would acknowledge — we’ve taken from nature forgetting or rather ignoring that its bounty is not limitless.
They all play a part but, in the end, it’s a choice.
But it was a choice, not because I didn’t think humans should eat meat but I could no longer live with the hypocrisy of eating wild or farm-reared animals when I thought I’d no right to do so.
We all have to accept that living this way, without regard to our impact on the land, sea, air and water, is going to cause huge, life-changing consequences for us and those that follow in our footsteps. We certainly don’t need to hear the petty arguments that go on between the pro and anti lobby to know that this modality is stupid. (Take our obsession with the motor car. Do we honestly think that pumping noxious fumes into the very air we breathe isn’t going to affect our health?) And yet, what do we do?
Right now, I know that I’m not doing enough to mitigate my environmental footprint but that’s not preventing me from having some serious conversations with my wife about selling up, building our own eco home, planting and rearing everything we need to live off of and, in my case, walking much more of my eco talk. In my wife’s case, she’s not driven to rage against the machine/system but she understands my position that we’re stewards for future generations and we need to live much more simply.
Why am I telling you any of this?
Because I care. But, more than that, because I can’t believe that everyone assumes (wrongly) they can carry on until there’s nothing left, and only then decide to take action. Also, as someone who’s hooked into social technologies/media, I firmly believe that we should be using said technology to mobilise a nation — or at least your locality — to bring everyone together to, first, raise the issue(s), and, secondly, to agree an action plan. Even something so simple(?) as food production could be radically transformed if we all pooled our resources.
In my book, taken to its logical conclusion, we should look to transform our whole way of living without regard to the monolithic structures and apparatus that were invented by the industrialists but which, from where I sit, have done nothing but foster a super-competitive society that forever pitches us against one another, rather than, as should be the case, a cohort of community endeavour.
I could of course do nothing. No one would notice. But that’s not in my nature, anymore than reading something of import and not acting. Oh sure, I’m often too full of my own self importance, and know that I won’t move anyone without acting out my verbosity but on this point — protecting our planet — I’m 100% committed.
What about you?
Are you hoping someone else is going to pick up the pieces?