‘You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.’ ― Pablo Neruda
With a sigh of dismay, we shake our heads in disdain at the human civilization and disparage its deepening potential for destruction as we learn of once frosty Arctic bears perishing amidst their liquefying home, Gabon elephants tortured for their regal tusks, torched Brazilian rainforests, Cambodian natural treasures disfigured by landfill & nature turning in on itself in a revengeful rage against man with floods & tsunamis. We quarantine ourselves away from the natural world in a sphere of technology and are left to tweet of global warming, talk of drought on our touch-screen TVs and bemoan on our smartphones, the fate of our children, who will inherit nothing more than an over-blazing sun and an outdated Iphone.
Yet, as much environmental destructiveness as there may be, perhaps we ought step out of our digital safe-haven into the outdoors & appreciate that the enchantress Mother Nature, is perhaps not so easily vanquished. Woodland conifers deepen their silky roots, blossoms and petals flitter & float like live confetti while a mother goose tends to her wayward goslings- still we are able to relish the taste of nature’s offerings and revel in the serenity of spring.
Do we cast aside nature in favour of technology? Should we indulge more in the natural wilderness that surrounds us and savour the beauty of spring, or ought we continue furthering man’s own impressive legacy of science, invention, architecture and art? Should we save us from ourselves and protect what remains of the natural world, or have threats of global warming, animal extinction and deforestation been exaggerated by yellow press and sensationalist journalism?
‘The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn’
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
‘It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.’
― Rainer Maria Rilke